Pat Musick’s five paintings titled Tertium Quid which have been accepted into the NASA permanent art collection will soon be shipped and on their way to their new home. But before they leave Vermont they will have a two week showing at the Helmholz Fine Art Gallery in Manchester Center, VT.
In 1970 Pat Musick, responded to our expanding exploration of space,with concern that, as we moved into outer space for longer periods of time, we might change in many ways and wondered what this evolution might look like. The result was five stunning paintings that she titled Tertium Quid. (This is a Latin expression that means “a third thing that is indefinite and undefined but is related to two definite or known things”.) She saw mankind as the tertium quid caught between the earth and outer space, changing, shifting bending. Nine years after creating the series, she met and married Astronaut Jerry Carr, whose mission as Commander of Skylab 4 was to explore the effects of long duration space travel upon the human.
This exhibit includes the original Tertium Quid paintings and a discussion by Musick and Carr describing how art and science blended into a relationship of caring concern about our environment…how the tertium quid became known and defined.