Tom Sachs

Space Program: Europa

18 Sep 2016
15 Jan 2017
18 Sep - 15 Jan11AM—6PM$8-$10
Closing Soon!

Don’t miss this chance to walk the surface of Europa!

Tom Sachs: Space Program Europa will close at 4PM on Friday, January 13 to prepare for the Live Demonstration.


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 offers an unprecedented view into Sachs’ extraordinary artistic output and advances his quest to find extraterrestrial life with bricolaged sculptures. The exhibition will fill 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 will feature live activations of the Europa flight plan by Sachs’ astronauts during the opening and closing weekends. In these demonstrations, the astronauts will showcase the rituals and procedures of their mission, including the cultural export of chanoyu, the ancient art of the tea ceremony. Stay tuned for more information about the closing weekend. In the meantime, come by for a screening of A Space Program, a film that captures Sachs’ 2012 mission to Mars.

Sachs has also created a new site-specific installation, Logjam CaféLogjam Café will be open to the public as a neighborhood coffee shop, occasional bar, and OCD rehab center, where visitors can 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.


Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle
A triumph!
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Space Program: Europa Live Demonstration | Friday, January 13, 2017, 4PM

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John Wilkins, KQED
Wildly inventive
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Made of plywood, synthetic polymer paint, steel, and thermal adhesive, the sculpture (Very Large Meatball) is viewable from strategic locations throughout the SOMA neighborhood and on this livestream.

Artist Bio

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

Tom Sachs
Logjam Café
16 September — 26 February
Tom Sachs
A Space Program
18 September — 15 January
Tom Sachs
Tea Ceremony Activation
03 December — 04 December