6.24/ Long Island Museum: ‘Art and Apollo 13’ w/ Smithsonian Curator — 7.16

Art and Apollo 13


Smithsonian curator looks at NASA design commissions

Sunday, July 16, 2 PM

On Sunday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum curator Dr. Margaret Weitekamp will discuss the links between murals and mission patches commissioned by NASA in the 1960s. This program is free with regular museum admission
In the late 1960s, artist Lumen Martin Winter was chosen by NASA to design the official insignia for lunar missions Apollo XIII-XV. For this, Winter looked to his familiar equine roots, executing the work Steeds of Apollo, a powerfully-energetic depiction of four galloping horses, charging across a cloudscape. The artist’s creation was greatly admired by the Apollo XIII crew, Captain Jim Lovell and pilots Fred Haise and Jack Swigert.
From 1935 until his death in 1982, Lumen Martin Winter completed over 40 public art projects that were ambitious in scope, scale, and versatility. Mastering a wide range of media – oil, watercolor, marble, wood carving, and more – Winter also worked in a variety of genres, not reconciling himself to a single approach. “There have been so many ‘isms’ in the field of drawing, painting, sculpture, and design,” he once wrote. These “must be avoided if a work of art is to have lasting qualities.”
Winter’s life as a public artist was a story of gradual commercial and critical success. He was passionately inspired by the natural world, from the Sangre de Christo Mountain Range near his studio in Taos, New Mexico, to the trees beside his house in New Rochelle. Winter became nationally-known for his high profile commissions for NASA, the United Nations, and other prominent organizations. But after his death, Winter’s profile was diminished, and his name became as obscure as some of the fading frescoes produced in the prime of his career. The Long Island Museum remembers the work of this prolific, but forgotten artist this summer in Lumen Martin Winter: An Artist Rediscovered, on display in the Art Museum through September 17, 2017.

The exhibition is sponsored by Astoria Bank, Bank of America, Empire National Bank, New York Community Bank, New York Community Bank Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, Robert W. Baird Incorporated/Baird Foundation, Inc., The Peter and Barbara Ferentinos Family Endowment, Alexander Katlan Conservator Inc., and The Long Island Museum Director’s Advisory Circle.

Long Island Museum

Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to American history and art as it relates to Long Island. The museum opens the spring season with three new exhibitions on February 24.  For more information, call 631-751-0066 or visit the museum web site at www.longislandmuseum.org.


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