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Unearthing The Icon Museum Exhibit at MOMA

by Lisa Anita Wegner

Unearthing The Icon Exhibit 

Two illuminated text pages about The Icon and a mysterious Icon Oracle Card were unearthed and were displayed to the world for the first time on March 9th 2020 on three plinths on red satin cushions at the renowned Museum of Modern(a) Art in New York USA. The Institute of Historical Unworldly Artifacts allowed a small number of invited guests to be able to interact with the sacred objects before they were sent back. 

Docents and Security Guards requested silence to bring the Illuminated Text fragments into the gallery space. The event was enjoyed in complete silence by one patron at a time; each viewer will was required to wear white gloves to handle the objects. 

No photographs were allowed onsite so an artists rendering was included here for illustration purposes.


Presented by the Institute of Historical and Unworldly Artifacts


When the Galilean moons--Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto--were discovered by Galileo Galilei and Simon Marius in 1610, it would be another 282 years before more satellites were observed. With accelerated discoveries during the 20th century, and into the 21st, Jupiter has 79 known moons with many more minor moons likely to exist.

The marvel of Jupiter’s many satellites lies not only in their plenitude: there are ruins scattered among them, as if stormswept. And among those ruins, fragments. Faint traces that speak of a shrouded figure, the Queen of Jupiter, and her fall at a full moon and subsequent rise at the turn of a new moon. From the items unearthed and exhibited currently--two mysterious cards and what appears to be a page from a longer text--we are offered glimpses of a sovereign quite possibly half-mad, caught in the lunacy of the planet’s many moons. They call her Icon.

Who is the Queen of Jupiter, then? What is her fall and her rise? What truths will be discovered among her moons?

The Institute of Historical and Unworldly Artifacts has generously loaned us their discoveries during the ongoing excavation of Jupiter’s satellites, to welcome you on a journey of unearthing the icon. *Sample museum text by Natalie Kurdyla