SEATTLE - The final frontier has long been a source of artistic inspiration.
Pivot Art + Culture’s new exhibition, Imagined Futures: Science Fiction, Art and Artifacts from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, showcases various ways space travel impacts culture.
"Everything you see in this show is about how we visualize things we can't see, and how we conceptualize something we can't conceive of," said curator Ben Heywood.
The exhibit includes fine art, from a painting by surrealist Max Ernst to a large-scale charcoal by Robert Longo.
There are also paintings from the 1950's and 1960's by artists Chelsey Bonestell and Fred Freeman, whose visions for future space travel once graced the pages of LIFE Magazine.
“What we're looking at are very, very highly rendered conceptions of a future that never actually occurred,” Heywood said.
Imagine Futures also includes a rocket motor from a 1950’s experimental hypersonic airplane, an IBM 360/91 from the Living Computer Museum, and large-scale models used in Hollywood movies.
One rocket was used in 1950 film Destination Moon, which won an Oscar for special effects.
Visitors can watch that movie, and four others, in a film series accompanying the exhibit. Screenings are scheduled from April 14 to May 12.
Heywood will also lead curatorial tours every Wednesday from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.
He believes the exhibition is a marriage of worlds that aren't as mutually exclusive as they seem.
"I'm an art curator guy, but I have to say I have kind of a nerdy interest in space, science fiction, and engineering,” Heywood said. “It was a great privilege to be able to work with this kind of material and build up my knowledge, and hopefully create a show that brings out not only the aspects of space and science fiction, but also the connection between the arts and the sciences."
Pivot Art + Culture is located on the ground floor of the Allen Institute in South Lake Union.
609 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Admission is $5. The exhibition runs through July 10.