Tom Sachs has always been mesmerized with the “what if?” side of art. In 1999, a show of his crafted real shotguns and offered bullets in a vase to see if people would take them home. In 2002, a controversial work re-created what a Holocaust-era concentration camp would look like if it were made out of a Prada hatbox. Now, he’s bringing his hypothetical concept to outer space in the new extraterrestrial art exhibit, Space Program: Mars. An exploration of the territory on the Red Planet, Sachs’s space, a collaboration between Creative Time and Park Avenue Armory, will try to construct every part of the process that we know of, from the rocket ships to the astronauts’ daily lives, in a mission to revitalize the mysteries and wonders of the Space Age. What if we landed on Mars now like we did on the moon 40 years ago? Tom Sachs might not know the answer for mankind, but he’d sure like to take a stab at it.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 23, 2012