Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon

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2019-02-28 09:30:00
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily from February 1 until October 31

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Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon

In celebration of next year’s 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon and the theatrical release of Universal Pictures’ First Man, out tomorrow, Smithsonian Affiliate, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, announced today the Feb. opening of Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon. This retrospective exhibition traces the career of artist Paul Calle (1928-2010), who was best known for painting and drawing the historic American West featuring mountain men, fur traders and Native Americans, as well as NASA artwork and postage stamp designs including the iconic 1969 First Man on the Moon artwork and stamp. The forthcoming exhibition is summed in a quote by Paul Calle in the book Celebrating Apollo 11, The Artwork of Paul Calle written by son Chris and published in 2009, “I have always likened the image of mountain man John Colter, his moccasin-clad foot first stepping on the newly fallen snow of the Yellowstone valley, to the moon boot of Neil Armstrong, stepping in the dust of the moon’s surface at the Sea of Tranquility…two worlds apart, yet each at the edge of a new frontier…”
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