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Museum to host NASA/Pink Panther exhibits

By Charles Herrington -  Bio | Email

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art will be "rocketing" to new heights in 2010, by hosting 2 of the largest exhibitions in its recent history. The first, which will open in April, will focus on NASA.  It's called NASA/ART: 50 Years of Exploration. 

"It's 50 years of artwork, collected by our nation's space program," said George Bassi, museum director. "It's a terrific exhibition, traveled by the Smithsonian Institution and it really is a who's who of American artists over the last 50 years," Bassi said. 

The second exhibit which opens this summer, will feature a pop culture icon from movies and cartoons...the Pink Panther. It's titled, Indelible (P)ink: The Pink Panther in Popular Culture.  

"We've not really done one (exhibit) that celebrated a lot of cartoons before, so this one has a terrific edge to it, especially when you talk about the Pink Panther," Bassi said. "I think it's going to be one that will touch a lot of generations, because it really has had a pretty long lifespan." 

The museum itself has had a pretty long lifespan and will celebrate its 87th anniversary in May.  And despite these tough economic times, Bassi says the museum is in good shape financially, having met all its membership goals for the coming year.

"As you know with free admission, everything we do comes from support and donations, and so it's great to be able to meet our budget again this year," Bassi said.

Currently, the museum is hosting an exhibit of recent acquisitions from the last 5 years. 

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