2022-2023 Dec 2, Media, PA - Legends of the Moon at Era Contemporary (in collaboration with the Lunar Codex)

My artwork is going to the moon!

Continuing Constellations Original Artwork by Megan Schaugaard

Dear Friends,

Artist Megan Schaugaard has recently added a new piece to our upcoming exhibition, Legends of the Moon!  

A beautiful drawing, it depicts a young girl peacefully drifting off into dreamland in the clouds, among the stars.  

The viewer cannot help but notice the freckles displayed on the cheek of the figure, which form a visual echo to the starry skies above her.  

Collect this original, framed 8" x 10" piece by clicking here!  

Another one of Megan's works, Aligning My Stars, is also shown in Legends of the Moon. Collect this piece by clicking here!

Aligning My Stars Original Painting by Megan Schaugaard

That being said, you are invited to join us at the opening reception for "Legends of the Moon" group exhibition on December 2nd from 5 to 8pm at the Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA!  Click here to RSVP.

Also exciting news: ALL the available artwork is up and ready to pre-purchase!  Click this link to browse the beautiful and diverse artworks included in this historic show.  

Nearly every artwork included will be digitally catalogued and included in a time capsule to be permanently affixed to the moon's surface in 2023.  By purchasing a piece, you will own a piece of history!  Scroll down to read more about the exhibition.


 Era Contemporary is proud to present Legends of the Moon. The works selected for inclusion in Legends of the Moon will be included in the Lunar Codex: Polaris mission. The moon has enchanted humanity for ages, and the myths, legends and literature that have grown out of its nightly beauty have lasted for thousands of years, told around campfires by our ancestors and now shared through art, books, and film. Artists may let their imagination run wild with possibilities the herald back to the dawn of civilization all the way up until the present day.

The selected works will be catalogued and included in the Lunar Codex, as well as exhibited in person at Era Contemporary. The U.S.’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a plan, the Artemis Program, to land humans back on the Moon in 2025, for the first time in over 50 years.

In preparation, NASA will send scientific instruments to the Moon, over 2022 to 2024, via Commercial Lunar Payload Service (CLPS) partners, such as Astrobotic Technologies and Intuitive Machines. Their lunar landers will launch as payloads of commercial rocket platforms by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) or SpaceX.

Along with NASA instruments, these missions will carry commercial payloads, including the three time capsules that make up The Lunar Codex.

This will be the first significant placement of contemporary arts on the Moon in 50 years. While focused on visual art, the Lunar Codex also includes a substantial collection of contemporary books, stories, poetry, films, music, essays, and more.

“The Polaris Collection” is our payload associated with an Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER mission, landing in the vicinity of the Lunar South Pole. Legends of the Moon will be on this mission.

As an arts and culture project, The Lunar Codex has been called the most expansive, international, and diverse collection of contemporary culture launched to the Moon. Significantly, it is the first project to launch the works of women artists to the lunar surface. It is also the first project, to our knowledge, to place film and music on the Moon.

The Lunar Codex represents creative work from Canada, the U.S., China, India, the E.U., Australia, the U.K., and indeed from 89 countries and territories from Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Oceania and Asia — firsts on the Moon for many of these countries.

“Our hope is that future travelers who find these time capsules will discover some of the richness of our world today… It speaks to the idea that, despite wars and pandemics and climate upheaval, humankind found time to dream, time to create art.”

- Samuel Peralta, director of the Lunar Codex

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