Date of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)
Sean P. Morrissey
Second Committee Member
David C. Chioffi
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Conspiracy, Fine Art, NASA, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking
Almost fifty years after the Apollo 11 mission, the moon landing remains one of humankind’s most remarkable technological achievements. On the lunar surface, the Eagle’s flight crew left behind an American flag, mementos honoring those who lost their lives in the quest for such an achievement, and a plaque reading, “Here men from the planet Earth set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” Despite overwhelming proof of this achievement—radio transmissions, photographs, film, rock and soil samples—a sizable minority of Americans continue to view the Apollo 11 moon landing as a hoax. To the Moon and Back takes this conspiratorial lens as a point of departure, exploring the history of NASA and the subsequent Apollo 11 moon landing as both a case study in period-specific Americanism, as well as a contemporary armature through which the construction of belief is examined. Prints, drawings, paintings sculpture, and music offer a narrative matrix of myth, folklore, conspiracy, faith, and fiction, and fact, with the goal of challenging our ideologies and histories in the contemporary post-factual landscape.
Pennekamp, Michael Tyler, "To the Moon and Back" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 1965.