Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey
Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey, an exhibition devoted to one of the most influential films ever made, opens at Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), in its North American debut, on January 18, 2020.
Made before the first moon landing, the 1968 film, directed by Kubrick and developed in collaboration with writer Arthur C. Clarke, depicts the fraught relationship between humanity and technology, using pioneering special effects.
The exhibition includes original artifacts from international collections and from the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London, as well as from the Museum’s own collection.
The exhibition explores Kubrick’s influences, his obsessive research, and his innovative production process in envisioning a world of the future—the year 2001 from the viewpoint of the 1960s.
Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey was organized by the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum in Frankfurt am Main (where a version of the exhibition debuted in 2018), in partnership with the Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts London and with support from Warner Bros.
Throughout its six-month run at MoMI, Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey will be accompanied by a wide variety of screening series, public programs with guest speakers, and specially themed workshops, tours, special events, and more.
They include weekly Saturday matinees of 2001: A Space Odyssey; monthly 70mm screenings of 2001 with guest speakers; the film series Influencing the Odyssey: Films that Inspired Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke (Jan 17–Feb 2), See It Big! Outer Space (Feb 7–Apr 26), and Science on Screen: Outer Space Speculators (Feb–July, monthly).
“2001: A Space Odyssey has influenced generations of directors and artists, and continues to captivate audiences around the world,”
said Carl Goodman, Executive Director of MoMI.
“We are proud to be the first North American museum to present this remarkable exhibition. It is especially fitting that this exhibition will be presented here at MoMI, where screening 2001 in its original 70mm format has become an annual tradition, and our public spaces, including the spectacular Redstone Theater, are deliberately evocative of the film.”
Exhibition highlights include Special Photographic Effects Supervisor Douglas Trumbull’s concept sketches for Clavius Base, from MoMI collection; costumes, including a space suit worn in the Clavius Base scene and Moonwatcher ape suit worn by Dan Richter in the Dawn of Man scene; and storyboards, contact sheets, test films, and photographs related to the Stargate special effects sequence.
Photos by: Skye Morse-Hodgson / Museum of the Moving Image
The Museum of of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35 Avenue Astoria in New York City.
Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey is presented with additional support provided by: George Lucas Family Foundation, Film and Furniture, and The Paper Factory Hotel.