This book accompanied a pathbreaking exhibition devoted to exploring the relationship between the products actually designed for space flight and the imaginary visions of such materials in science fiction, films, and television. Recognizing the contributions of architects and design professionals to space exploration and technology, a field generally associated with scientists and aerospace engineers, this publication includes color reproductions of approximately 150 objects. Photographs, models, computer-assisted drawings and renderings as well as selected artifacts of the space age document the dreams and realities of design for space travel. An introduction by Art Institute architecture curator John Zukowsky illuminates the historical contexts in which space technology and fantasy developed. This is followed by 13 brief essays addressing topics as diverse as the future of space tourism, the interior design of Skylab, the training of Soviet cosmonauts, and Norman Rockwell's painting The Longest Step. This book will appeal to space and science-fiction enthusiasts alike, offering readers a broader understanding of how designs for space travel are informed by military, political, and scientific imperatives, and how space travel itself provides raw material for art, literature, and film.
The Art Institute of Chicago and Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 2001 9 3/8 x 11 13/16 in.; 192 pages; 230 illustrations Softcover ISBN 0-86559-188-1
19 min 37 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Design Episodes: The Modern Chair
Explore the evolution of the modern chair in the 20th century with iconic examples from makers like Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, and Harry Bertoia, among others.
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20 hours 23 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Supernatural Shakespeare
While Shakespeare’s title characters might have the most name recognition, the Bard’s meddling witches and mischievous faerie folk often steal the show. See this focused installation before it closes October 10.
23 hours 42 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago THURSDAY at 6:00—Join us for a tour of works in our collection presented in American Sign Language with voice interpretation.