Fire and Ice (Comet Art)

October 24, 1985 – March 31, 1986

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Flight and the Arts, Gallery 211, 2nd Floor, East Wing Floor Plan

On view are 90 works including many iconographic representations of comets. Drawings, paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and sculptures are included, ranging from ancient Babylonian clay tablets to a 20th-century Lalique hood ornament, neon, and paintings by contemporary artist Andreas Nottenbohm. The works, on loan from museums and private collectors, trace changes throughout history in our attitudes toward comets.

No photography permitted.


Related exhibitions: Wonders of Creation, Oddities of Existence: An Exhibition in Celebration of Halley's Comet, FGA; Exploring Comets and Comet Quest, NASM