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Chelsea Dey, Marketing Director, Museum of the Southwest 1705 W. Missouri Ave., Midland, Texas 79701, TEL 432.683.2882 x 304;

MIDLAND:  On Friday, June 15 from 6‐8:30 p.m. the Museum of the Southwest is hosting a campus‐wide open house to celebrate the opening of the exhibitions A View from Space and From Earth to the Solar System in the Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum, as well as Pueblo to Pueblo and William Stone’s A Venerable Landscape‐ the Ancient Southwest in the Wagner Wing and the Here and Now Gallery.  The Marian Blakemore Planetarium will also be open to the public, with free shows including Zulu Patrol: Under the Weather and The City Dark, followed by a discussion lead by guest speaker Bill Wren of the McDonald Observatory.

This event features exhibitions related to astronomy and archaeology.  On loan from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, A View from Space is a bi‐lingual exhibition (English and Spanish) designed to introduce visitors to the latest and greatest of Earth‐ observing satellites and give them an appreciation for the value of studying Earth from space.  This exhibition is on view in the Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum and made possible by the Arts Council of Midland and Katherine Morrow Family Foundation.  A View from Space is shown in conjunction with NASA’s From Earth to the Solar System, (FETTSS).   FETTSS is a photography exhibition that showcases the excitement of planetary exploration, and is on view in the Durham Children’s Museum, the Blakemore Planetarium, and on the Museum grounds.  Selected images are both artistic and informative, merging together themes in astrobiology, planetary science and astronomy.

Pueblo to Pueblo: the Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery is a collection of pottery from pueblos across the American Southwest, and will be augmented with pottery from the Museum’s collection.  Pueblo to Pueblo is made possible by the Rea Charitable Trust, and will be on view in the Wagner Wing, next to William Stone’s A Venerable Landscape – the Ancient Southwest in the Here and Now Gallery.  William Stone specializes in documenting the landscapes and ancient cultures of the American Southwest.  Working primarily with large‐format photographic equipment, he travels the Four Corners country in an effort to record the often fleeting moments when light and form converge to evoke the beauty and the drama of the region.  A Venerable Landscape is part of the Museum’s Contemporary Series 2012: “Tribal Stories,” and is made possible by Arts Council of Midland and the Beal Foundation.

Bring the family for a viewing of Zulu Patrol: Under the Weather in the Helen Greathouse Educational Discovery Dome at 6:30 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. showing of The City Dark.   The City Dark is a documentary examining light pollution and the alleged affects of “the disappearing night sky” on humanity.  It premiered in competition at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for Best Score/Music.  In the documentary, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks, “Do we need the dark?”  Cheney explores the possible repercussions of our glittering globe—everything from the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii to increased breast cancer rates.  After the showing, join Bill Wren in a discussion of the ideas presented in the documentary.  Bill Wren is a dark sky advocate and will address the challenges of keeping West Texas skies clear and dark

The Museum of the Southwest is a nonprofit organization located in Midland, Texas. The Museum of the Southwest seeks to excite the senses through discovery in art, culture and science. Founded in 1965, the Museum is comprised of an Art Museum, a Children’s Museum, a state of the art Planetarium and an outdoor Sculpture Park.  Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed Monday. The Blakemore Planetarium is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information on the Museum, membership and upcoming exhibitions and events, call 432.683.2882 or send an email to  

The above information has been provided by the Museum of the Southwest and distributed by the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau. The mission of the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau is to encourage economic growth by developing, promoting, enhancing and supporting Midland as a vibrant visitor destination.