Cultural Arts Building Gallery

Current Exhibition

Courtney Johnson, Moons
July 16 – August 30
Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 16, 5:30–7 p.m.


Moons is a series of photographs of real and artificial moons. In addition to photographs of the earth’s moon, photographs were made of temporary sculptures of sand, dirt, flour, dough, papier-mâché, and clay, as well as camera-less digital and analog photographs made with moonlight. The images emphasize photography’s ability to deceive, raising questions about collective memory, belief, and reality. The tension between natural and artificial, along with the logistics of creating detailed images of the moon’s surface, also addresses technological advancements and human impact. Moons, which explores cycles from light to dark, warm to cool, birth to death, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon launch.

The opening reception is free to attend and open to the public.