“NASA/ART: 50 Years of Exploration,” Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Speaking of the U.S. space program: Within a few years of its inception in 1958, NASA began commissioning artists to create works that could communicate the excitement of space exploration to the public. A new exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum features 70 works from the collection that resulted — many of them by famous artists, including Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Annie Leibovitz and Robert Rauschenberg. Visitors to the exhibition will see Leibovitz’s portrait of astronaut Eileen Collins, Rockwell’s 1965 oil painting of astronauts John Young and Gus Grissom, and an understated sculpture of a star by New York artist Chakaia Booker, made from pieces of a space shuttle tire, that commemorates the 2003 Columbia disaster. “NASA/ART” opened May 28 and will be on display through Oct. 9.

Rachel Saslow