The Art of Planetary Science

This year Flandrau is teaming up with the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab for the annual The Art of Planetary Science event and exhibition, and we’re adding activities and space art screenings! Many planetary scientists and astronomers call Tucson home, and we’re also home to a thriving “Space Art” community that is full of creativity and fascinated by science.

Join us to see these inspiring works of art, make your own space art, see special space art planetarium shows, and have fun with science!

Art Exhibition at the Lunar and Planetary Lab
The exhibition The Art of Planetary Science at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab (located in the Kuiper Building next door to Flandrau) will be free and open to the public on Friday, Nov 15 from 5pm-9pm, and on both Saturday Nov 16 and Sunday Nov 17 from 1pm-5pm. Over 200 works of space art will be on display.

On Friday evening, there will also be a music performance on the lawn in front of Flandrau with the band “Galactic Cactus” playing space-related songs and selections from Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” Plus, free telescope viewing will be available on the mall to magnify the moon and planets thanks to volunteers from the UAZ Astronomy Club.

Flandrau Space Art Activities, Reduced Admission
For this Art of Planetary Science weekend, Flandrau will be open all day Friday 9am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and Sunday 12noon-5pm with reduced admission all three days: $5 exhibits and $5 planetarium shows. We’ll offer several family-friendly “Space Art” activities so visitors can make their own space art and discover more about the planets.

Free Screenings in the Planetarium Theater
Flandrau will also offer two special “space art” screenings, free in the planetarium theater: 

  1. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2pm: Space Art Compilation of new digital and video artworks submitted for the Art of Planetary Science with an introduction and presentation by renowned space artist Michelle Rouch. Rouch, an aerospace engineer and artist, will give her presentation “Building Bridges Between Engineering and The Arts” about her own path to aerospace art.
  2. Sunday, Nov. 17, 11am: The first-ever Tucson screening of the 2018 documentary Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future, all about the pioneering artist (Bonestell) whose images of the solar system and planetary exploration inspired a generation of scientists and engineers. Considered the “Father of Space Art,” this documentary explores Bonestell’s work from the 1940s to the 1970s, and his lasting impact on science, science fiction, and popular culture. Run time 96 minutes. 

“Cosmic Bus” fun Physics Activities on the Mall
To compliment the space art festivities, acclaimed science communicator Bruce Bayly will bring his “Cosmic Bus” full of fun physics activities to the University of Arizona’s grassy central mall in front of Flandrau during the same times that the Art of Planetary Science exhibition is open – Friday Nov 15, 5pm-9pm. Saturday Nov 16 and Sunday Nov 17, 1pm-5pm.

Science inspires our wonder. Wonder sparks our creativity. Creativity generates works of art that fire our imagination and set us on a quest for new knowledge. Bring the family to experience these visionary artworks and inspire the next generation of explorers! Don’t’ miss The Art of Planetary Science.

The Art of Planetary Science Dates and Times:

Friday, November 15, 2019

  • Flandrau $5 admission and $5 shows all day, 9am-10pm.
  • Art Exhibition, free admission, 5pm–9pm, Kuiper Space Sciences Building
  • Flandrau “Space Art” activities, 5pm-8pm.
  • “Cosmic Bus” physics activities outreach bus, free on the mall 5pm-9pm.
  • Free telescope viewing on the mall, 7pm-9pm.
  • Free Live Music from the band “Galactic Cactus” in front of Flandrau, 6pm-8pm.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

  • Art Exhibition, free admission, 1pm–5pm, Kuiper Space Sciences Building
  • Flandrau $5 admission and $5 shows all day, 10am-10pm.
  • “Space Art” Activities at Flandrau, 1pm-5pm.
  • “Cosmic Bus” physics activities outreach bus, free on the mall 1pm-5pm.
  • Free Special Screening, 2pm, Space Art Compilation and Michelle Rouch presentation in the Eos Planetarium Theater at Flandrau
    Free tickets available on a first come, first served at Flandrau on day-of-show.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

  • Free Special Screening, 11am, documentary Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future. Film about the “Father of Space Art” in the Eos Planetarium Theater at Flandrau
    Free tickets available on a first come, first served at Flandrau on day-of-show.
  • Art Exhibition, free admission, 1pm–5pm, Kuiper Space Sciences Building
  • Flandrau $5 admission and $5 shows all day, 12noon-5pm.
  •  “Cosmic Bus” physics activities outreach bus, free on the mall 1pm-5pm.
  • “Space Art” Activities at Flandrau, 1pm-5pm.

When

All Day Friday
All Day Saturday
All Day Sunday