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Mars Revisited at BAM

Boise Art Museum: Idaho, like no place on Earth, but somewhat like Mars.

Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick

Boise Art Museum: Idaho, like no place on Earth, but somewhat like Mars.

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Visitors from more verdant climes likely see Southern Idaho's landscape as a tangle of tumbleweeds or a post-apocalyptic badland. For New York artists Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick, it might as well have been Mars. After their visit to Craters of the Moon National Monument in March 2013, they arranged Mars Revisited, a Boise Art Museum exhibition. The show featured dozens of staged and treated photographs derived from the duo's Idaho excursion, as well as a collection of "Martian" artifacts and a pair of white-clad aeronauts suspended in the BAM atrium by their parachutes. The pair's vision was of a landing and the Red Planet's eerie resemblance to a devastated Earth, but the overall effect was out of this world. 670 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org.

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