Japanese painting of two people dueling on a bridge.

Drawing Down the Moon

Jun 19–Sep 11, 2022

The moon has been bound to life and consciousness since the beginning of humankind. It has served elemental and vital functions such as providing light and measuring time, but it has also influenced the more ethereal and spiritual realms of gods, myths, and magic. This exhibition operates at the crux of a lunar spectrum, between the lure and mystery of the unattainable moon and the eternal quest to conquer the moon in its material form. Drawn primarily from institutional collections in Los Angeles, the survey leads visitors through a panoply of objects dating from antiquity to the present.

Drawing Down the Moon is organized by Allegra Pesenti, former associate director and senior curator, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum.

Lead funding for Drawing Down the Moon is provided by Alice and Nahum Lainer and the Steinhauser Greenberg Exhibition Fund. The exhibition is also supported by the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, Nancy Lainer, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Lee Ramer, and Jennifer Simchowitz.