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Viking Orbiter 1 PIA00192 full disk 1976

Viking Orbiter 1 PIA00192 full disk 1976

Date and Time

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.


  • West Wall Gallery, L. V. Eberhard Center


The planet Mars has fascinated humanity since early in human history. It enthralls us even more now because it is the only planet in the solar system that could be made to support human life. With the recent discoveries of the Curiosity rover and continued popularity of science fiction film and literature, people all over the world are engaged with the exploration and popular culture of Mars.

Mars: Astronomy and Culture brings together photographs, drawings, movie posters, book covers and video projections. It connects the recent scientific images of Mars to the entire history of photography of the red planet, and shows the impact of Mars on popular culture even before the twentieth century.

In the fall of 2018, Mars: Astronomy and Culture was hosted at the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and The Holland Museum in Holland, Michigan. From March 8 – June 21, 2019 a selection of images drawn from the Calvin College and Holland Museum venues will be showcased at the West Wall Gallery in the L. V. Eberhard Center on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

The exhibition was curated by Pasadena Arts Council for the Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. It is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program.



Art Gallery, 616-331-2563



This event also occurred on 5/7/2018, 5/8/2018, 5/9/2018, 5/10/2018, 5/11/2018, 5/14/2018, 5/15/2018, 5/16/2018, 5/17/2018, 5/18/2018 and 61 others


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