Message from our Planet at Orange Door, 2018–19

Summer 2018 – Summer 2019

An art collection is like a time capsule—we collect objects in order to protect the past while imagining how they serve the future. To future generations, the art and artifacts of our era will represent the turns of our existence, survival and mastery. The works on view in Message from Our Planet use the abstract languages of geometry, light and code to convey their messages, demonstrating a human desire to communicate deeply yet be understood universally. These works have been brought together for their vivid worldviews.

Message from Our Planet is organized like an interstellar time capsule, inspired by NASA’s Golden Record (an LP curated with human achievements like math and Mozart) beamed to outer space on Voyager I in 1977. Will others be inspired by our achievements and model themselves on our masterpieces like the Romans did the ancient Greeks? Will there be a museum dedicated to the Information Age? How will our messages be received?

Artists included: Daniel Canogar, R. Luke DuBois, Sarah Frost, Guillermo Galindo, John Gerrard, Leon Harmon, Jenny Holzer, Kenneth Knowlton, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Christian Marclay, Manfred Mohr, Peter Sarkisian, and Siebren Versteeg.