Old News: In a Moon Mood

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Published July 20, 2011

In Old News, we highlight a piece from Interview‘s past that resonates with the present.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to walk on the moon. Today, we’ve decided to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of their historic landing by drawing your attention to “In a Moon Mood,” a spread that originally appeared in Interview‘s January 1991 issue. Many of the feature’s lunar-themed pieces—created by artists including Martin Kippenberger, Tom Bonauro, and Pat Steir—are as surreal and whimsical as George Méliès’ classic silent film A Trip to the Moon; fitting, since a famous image from that movie also appears in the spread.

Though no American has set foot on Earth’s satellite since 1972, “In a Moon Mood” shows that our fascination with the night sky’s most prominent feature hasn’t diminished with time—these images are just as striking in 2011 as they were 20 years ago.