Visual Arts + Museums

Brian McCutcheon: Out of this World

When: Sept. 9-March 4 2012

Composed wholly of new works commissioned by the IMA, Brian McCutcheon: Out of this World tells a wondrous story that unfolds from the moment you enter the museum. The exhibition mimics a children’s book narrative as it explores the Mercury and Apollo space programs in relation to contemporary culture. The base of a flight path sculpture sits in the IMA’s Pulliam Family Great Hall, greeting visitors as they begin their tour. The sculpture features a curvilinear metal track outlining the imagined trajectory of a toy rocket. The launch pad is positioned on the IMA’s second floor, with the sculpture soaring three stories before landing in the McCormack Forefront Galleries. Within the galleries, Out of this World continues to evolve as an engaging narrative, including the launch, space travel and lunar landing, before arriving at the theme of the splash down—the return to reality at the conclusion of the exhibition. For more info, visit

Price: Free.

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