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Jan 16, 2020

The 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Exhibit is Opening at MoMI This Weekend (See Photos)!

Our friendly neighborhood museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, announced in November they were opening a brand new, extensive exhibition on iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. And now the time has finally (…)

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Prints of space and spacecrafts by concept artist Roy Carnon (left) and a space suit worn in the Clavius Base scene in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Photo credit: DFF/© Sophie Schüler

Our friendly neighborhood museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, announced in November they were opening a brand new, extensive exhibition on iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. And now the time has finally come! The exhibit is opening to the public this Saturday, January 18 (with a special preview tomorrow evening before a screening of the film in 70mm, which you can purchase tickets for here).

Costume design sketches by Hardy Amies for 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Photo credit: DFF/© Sophie Schüler

The exhibit will focus on 2001: A Space Odyssey, his 1968 film that was a technological trailblazer in terms of both its subject matter and special effects capabilities. You must buy a special ticket for this exhibition (though it does include general admission).

MoMI is the first North American museum to present this exhibition. While it will shed light on Kubrick’s influences and intense research process, it will also explore how much the film affected not only cinema but architecture, design and advertising.

An annotated production still depicting Stanley Kubrick and Keir Dullea on the set of the Hotel Room in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968). Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

Original artifacts from international collections and the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London will be on display—including costumes like the space suit worn in the Clavius Base scene and Moonwatcher ape suit worn by Dan Richter in the Dawn of Man scene. From its own collection, MoMI will share concept sketches for Clavius Base from Special Photographic Effects Supervisor Douglas Trumbull.

But that’s not all! They will also be showing weekly screenings of the film on Saturdays at 12 p.m. and monthly 70mm screenings accompanied by special guests. There will also be on-theme subsequent film screenings like the series Influencing the Odyssey: Films that Inspired Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, also this month; and in February, See It Big! Outer Space, coprogrammed with the editors of Reverse Shot; and a monthly Science on Screen program, with the theme of Outer Space Speculators, “pairing films that offer speculative visions of outer space grounded in scientific research of their time, introduced by scientists,” a press release states.

A frame still showing the Star Gate sequence, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, Dir. Stanley Kubrick). Courtesy of Warner Bros.

The exhibit will be on display through July 19, 2020.

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