Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Homecoming for Alan Bean
After waiting out the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Ike on his hometown of Galveston, Texas, Alan Bean recently returned home. Far from defeated by the damage to the area he knows and loves, Alan is back to business as usual. When I spoke to him earlier today he had his priorities straight: "If it hasn't got to do with art or space," he said, "I don't do it. There are men on my roof right now, trying to remove a fallen tree from the second floor and I'm not even watching. I just hope they don't drop it. If they do, we'll deal with it later, but for now I've got my hands full."
He certainly has--an exhibition of his work just opened at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Library in Austin, Texas. This coming summer, for the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum will unveil a major exhibition of Alan's paintings. That same month, a new book of his collected works will hit store shelves. We don't blame you, Alan, if you haven't got time to chat!
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