Conscious Evolution: The World At One is a 13-piece series of mixed-media paintings created in 1985 by artist Angela Manno. The series combines batik, the ancient medium of textile design, with the ultramodern technique of color xerography and integrates quotations by space explorers, statesmen, scientists and philosophers on the theme of global unity and individual and collective responsibility for the condition of our planet.
Largely inspired by views of the Earth from space, Conscious Evolution: The World At One has been acknowledged by many of the lunar and shuttle astronauts as expressing the feelings, hopes and concerns they have had as a result of seeing Earth from space.
After a highly successful international tour, and with the support of many wonderful sponsors including actor Tom Hanks, AXA Space and Xerox Corporation and Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum completed collecting this visionary space-art series for its permanent fine art collection in December of 2000. The Museum's art collection has more than 4,700 works, including paintings by Daumier, Goya, Rauschenberg, Rockwell and Wyeth.
Three pieces from the series, Home, Spaceship Earth and I Stood On the Lunar Surface are featured in an ongoing online exhibition of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air & Space Museum, entitled “OUT OF THIS WORLD: ART OF THE SPACE AGE.”
Here's what people are saying about this series:
"[Angela Manno] has the talent for expressing the feelings we all have had (during space flight).... In a sense the art is more important than the flights themselves because it conveys this to the ordinary public."
Sigmund Jaehn, Cosmonaut, Former German Democratic Republic; Professor of Philosophy at the Academie Der Wissenschaft, Berlin
"On behalf of myself and my colleagues, I want to thank you for expressing the spiritual dimension of our work."
Alexander Viktorenko, Cosmonaut, former USSR
"I am as impressed by her sense of individual responsibility and motivation as I am by the quality of her art."
the late Norman Cousins, Former Professor at UCLA School of Medicine; author of Anatomy of an Illness
"Angela Manno is a visionary artist, deeply committed to the transformation of human consciousness, and our collective responsibility for the state of the planet. The power of her imagery lies in its accessibility and immediacy.”
Elinor Gadon, Art and Cultural Historian, Brandeis University
"Angela Manno's work is about the connections that tie humanity together . . . both invisible and solid. She is striving to see truth and to convey it."
Michael Bell, Art Critic and Curator of National Exhibitions of Contemporary and Historical Art
"Although many artists and authors have tried to express the idea of the unity of humankind, this exhibit, with its innovative technique and union of words and images, conveys the idea in a very powerful manner."
James Olson, former National Field Director of the United Nations Association of America
"[Angela's work] is a demonstration of art 'used' for the highest purposes -- to teach, uplift and exhilirate!"
Nancy Siefer, Former Executive Director of the Center For Peace Through Culture, International
BACKGROUND OF THIS HISTORIC ART SERIES
In the 1980's, "Conscious Evolution: The World At One" toured as a one-woman exhibition, and with major funding from the Xerox Corporation visited ten cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Pieces from the exhibition have also been exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and museums in the former Soviet Union.
The exhibition was featured at Expo 86, in the United Nations Pavillion, Vancouver, Canada, where it was viewed and applauded by a quarter of a million people. At the invitation of Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart, the artwork was exhibited in Mexico City at the 3rd Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, where it received the endorsement of many of the astronaut/cosmonaut members of this unique and exclusive international organization. Venues in the United States included the Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, Alabama; Washington State University, Pullman, Washington; Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas; the Center for Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota and Daytona Beach Community College, Daytona Beach, Florida.
In 2000, "Conscious Evolution" and "Chain Reaction," two eight-foot batik and silkscreen banners from the series, won the 2000 Thematic Award from the College of Art and Design at Iowa State University in a juried exhibition, "Banners 2000".
During the international tour, the exhibit sponsored an adjunct educational program in which the artist delivered lectures and organized speaking panels on topics such as World Hunger, the State of the Planet, and the Role of Human Creativity in Planetary Survival. Several of the opening receptions, lectures and events were co-sponsored by local chapters of the United Nations Associations of the USA. The exhibition traveled under the auspices of the Center for peace Through Culture, International and Institute of Noetic Sciences, a research and funding institute founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell.
Eleven of the thirteen artworks are framed. Two are eight foot banners. The entire exhibition takes up approximately 52 linear feet of wall space. The artwork may be available on loan with permission.