The newest chapter of exploration in Tom Sachs' Space Program, Europa, opens on 16 September at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
Targeting Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, this expansive sculpture exhibition offers an unprecedented view into Sachs’ extraordinary artistic output and advances his quest to find extraterrestrial life with bricolaged sculptures. The exhibition will fill YBCA with everything his astronauts need to successfully complete their voyage—including the Mobile Quarantine Facility, Mission Control, the Apollo-era Landing Exploration Module (LEM), and special equipment for conducting scientific experiments—immersing the audience in a universe of sculpture occupying the entire downstairs galleries in addition to YBCA’s public spaces.
Space Program: Europa will feature live activations of the Europa flight plan by Sachs’ astronauts during the opening and closing weekends. In these demonstrations, the astronauts will showcase the rituals and procedures of their mission, including the cultural export of chanoyu, the ancient art of the tea ceremony.
Tom Sachs Space Progam: Europa is on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 16 September – 15 January 2016.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, California