Tom Sachs and his team of astronauts set their sights on the next frontier of space exploration in SPACE PROGRAM: EUROPA.
Targeting Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, this expansive sculpture exhibition offered an unprecedented view into Sachs’ extraordinary artistic output and advances his quest to find extraterrestrial life with bricolaged sculptures. The exhibition filled YBCA with everything his astronauts need to successfully complete their voyage—including the Mobile Quarantine Facility, Mission Control, the Apollo-era Landing Excursion Module (LEM), and special equipment for conducting scientific experiments—immersing the audience in a universe of sculpture occupying the entire downstairs galleries in addition to YBCA’s public spaces.
Space Program: Europa featured live activations of the Europa flight plan by Sachs’ astronauts during the opening and closing weekends. In these demonstrations, the astronauts showcased the rituals and procedures of their mission, including the cultural export of chanoyu, the ancient art of the tea ceremony.
Sachs also created a new site-specific installation, Logjam Café. Logjam Café was open to the public as a neighborhood coffee shop, occasional bar, and OCD rehab center, where visitors could experience firsthand the artist’s obsession with the tools of his craft.
Tom Sachs’ Space Program: Europa exists in a universe with Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, presented at the Noguchi Museum from March 23 to July 24, 2016. The project continues, post-Europa, in a return to earth and Tea Ceremony, at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, September 9, 2017 to January 7, 2018.
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Space Program: Europa Live Demonstration | Friday, January 13, 2017, 4PM
Tom Sachs (b. 1966, New York) is a New York–based sculptor known for his work inspired by icons of modernism and design. Using modest studio materials, Sachs creates parallel universes incorporating semi-functional sculpture, sometimes deployed by the artist and his studio assistants for interactive projects, as in Nutsy’s (2001-3) and Space Program (2007 and 2012). His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, among many others. He has had solo exhibitions at the Noguchi Museum, Queens, New York (2016), the Brooklyn Museum (2016), the Contemporary Austin (2015), the Park Avenue Armory, New York (2012), Fondazione Prada, Milan (2006), and the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2003), among others. His film A Space Program was released by Zeitgeist in 2016, offering viewers a glimpse into the artist’s studio practice, philosophy, and the narrative surrounding his 2012 project with Creative Time at the Park Avenue Armory.
Special thanks to the Space Program: Europa Host Committee: David and Carla Crane, Alan and Elizabeth Dye, Rekha Patel, Mark and Alison Pincus, Alan and Rebecca Ross, and Jeff Whipps and Susan Greenleaf.
Space Program: Europa is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.
United Airlines is the Official Airline of Space Program: Europa.
Additional Support for Space Program: Europa provided by:
Lead Image: Joshua White