Miscellaneous

NASA

This post is related to the most recent blurb on moons…it is about NASA and how Arthur Secunda ties into this organization.

July 29th of 1958 marks the beginning of NASA, a day “when Congress passed the legislation and President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law” (nasa.gov). Top administration was appointed in August; Keith Glennan and Hugh Dryden. However, it wasn’t until October 1st that NASA was open for business.

Now what does any of this have to do with the Arthur Secunda Museum at Cleary University? Well, let’s take a look into the past.

Arthur Secunda had been making artwork for some time when he created a piece titled Volcano. Dr. Milton Halem, Former Chief Information Research Scientist, saw this particular image while attending an exhibit. It was at this moment that he desired to collaborate with Arthur. It took years to track Arthur down. Finally, after an interesting discussion…Arthur became an employee for NASA. Dr. Halem recognized the potential that Arthur could offer to NASA regarding the representation of colors emitted by the satellites. After seeing Volcano you’ll understand his decision to make Arthur a Color Visualization Consultant.

 

Volcano

Volcano

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National Moon Day

Chippewa Summer

Chippewa Summer

Egypt Red

Egypt Red

This past Monday was National Moon Day. This is a celebration of the day man first walked on the moon. “One small step for [a]  man, one giant leap for mankind.” Arthur was interested in creating artwork that depicted objects in the sky, especially the moon. In the Chrysler Building the Chippewa and Egypt series portray the moon, while the Johnson Center has a variety of unique pieces. Please take a look at the images below and let us know which one is your favorite and how it makes you feel. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day!

Moonlight Anasazi Village

Moonlight Anasazi Village

Anasazi Moon

Anasazi Moon

White Moon

White Moon

Enlightenment

Enlightenment

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Different Color Eye Day

July 12th is a day that celebrates eyes, specifically individuals that have two different color eyes. This condition is referred to as heterochromia iridum. Walking through the museum, the portrait monotypes depict the most eyes as most people would expect. However, the image that best represents this day is Leaves Leaves on Grass. Although, the eyes are not two different colors, they definitely catch your attention.

Leaves Leaves on Grass

Leaves Leaves on Grass

This is one in a series of seven linocuts made in Mexico.

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Red, White, & Blue

Think about what these colors represent and what the 4th means to us as a nation. Arthur and his friend Joseph Breton made a piece titled War and Peace which contains red, white, and blue throughout. The name is a perfect representation of what we went through before obtaining our freedom, our independence from Great Britain.

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend! Stay safe.

image taken from 4th-of-july-2015.com

image taken from 4th-of-july-2015.com

War and Peace by Arthur Secunda and Joseph Breton

War and Peace by Arthur Secunda and Joseph Breton

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Mysterious Fireball

Yesterday, there was a mysterious fireball in the sky that could be seen by people in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. People guessed that it was either a meteorite or space debris. NASA officials determined it to be the latter. Ironically, this happened a day before an observation known as National Meteor Watching/Look Up to the Sky Day.

To some, certain pieces of Arthur’s work could represent this event and other space and sky related occurrences. Here are a few examples:

Fireball Cloud

Fireball Cloud

It became dark-like a closed room without-a-light

It became dark like a closed room without a light

After the Bang

After the Bang

By the way, Arthur worked for NASA as a color consultant interpreting the data projected by the satellites.

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Pink Day

June 23rd celebrates the color pink; it represents feminism, breast cancer awareness, and beauty found in nature among other things. Arthur created numerous images that contain the color pink, many of which are nature-based such as skylines. However, he incorporated shades of pink into other styles. Are you going to wear pink tomorrow?

Sunrise II

Sunrise II

Arles

Arles

Reclining with a Tray

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SUNDAY= Father’s Day & First Day of Summer

This Sunday is Father’s Day and the first day of summer, both call for celebration.

Being a father is a wonderful thing, the bond is unique. Arthur has two children, David from his first wife and Alexandre from his second. Just like other parents, Arthur feels proud of his sons and kept various things they created. For example, a letter from David and a drawing from Alexandre.

In addition, Arthur created a monotype titled Autumn Leaves which depicts Alexandre playing the piano. Arthur was enthusiastic that he also shares a love of music.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Arthur created many artworks with different themes, weather/the seasons is not a subject that was forgotten which is evident by certain pieces, one of them being Summer Rain as well as the above piece with fall colors surrounding his son.

Summer Rain

Summer Rain

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