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      Curatorial Walkthrough - Higher Ground (Relics of a Mission) in Houston

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      July 18, 2019

      Thursday   6:30 PM

      2101 Winter Street
      Houston, Texas 77007

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      Curatorial Walkthrough - Higher Ground (Relics of a Mission)

      Thursday, July 18, 2019, 6:30pmFotoFest at Winter Street StudiosFotoFest Associate Curator Max Fields leads a walkthrough of the exhibition Hillerbrand+Magsamen - Higher Ground (Relics of a Mission) at Winter Street Studios.______________________________________________________In 2015, artists Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen with their children Emmett and Maddie, and dogs Onyx and Penny in tow, embarked on a mission to fly to the moon. After gathering the appropriate materials found in their junk drawers, garage, and kitchen, and after a few quick stops to the hardware store, the soon-to-be astronaut family began constructing the spacecraft and space suits that would take them on a lunar voyage. Pots, pans, and garbage cans were fashioned into rocket boosters and high-tech helmets. Painter’s coveralls were emblazoned with the official Higher Ground Mission iron-on insignia. An umbrella, a rake, and a spaghetti strainer, once adorned with a protective silver paint and essential disco ball, were converted into the satellite that would guide the family as they navigated the infinite cosmos.After weeks of intense construction and days of physical and mental training, the team was finally ready to commence lift-off from the docking station located in their backyard. Their neighbors wished them luck as the team entered the launch sequence and prepared to experience zero gravity before bedtime. The video, photos, and objects presented in Hillerbrand+Magsamen: Higher Ground (Relics of a Mission) tell the story of this harrowing expedition. The included archive of memorabilia, commemorative plates, shirts, and mugs, illustrate the fanfare that awaited the Hillerbrand+Magsamen team upon their successful return to Earth.Presented on the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo Moon Landing, this exhibition pays tribute to the incredible people who have traveled the cosmic frontier, in their careers as aerospace pioneers and in their imaginations as armchair adventurers.This project is presented by FotoFest in conjunction with the Visit Houston: Space City event taking place on Saturday, July 13, campus wide at Sawyer Yards.

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