March 2015 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Sci-Fi-inspired Art on Exhibit

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, opened today what looks like a very cool exhibit of avant-garde art inspired by science fiction, the 'Space Race,' and Cold War-era technology. Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas shows 60 artworks in a range of media and style that display the interconnectedness of the artistic process, such as Raquel Forner's "Astronauta y testigos, televisados (Astronaut and witnesses, televised)," 1971, and "SEFT-1 over Metlac bridge, January 25, 2011," a photograph by Ivan Puig taken after he and his brother, Andres Padilla Domene, built a futuristic vehicle to tour abandoned areas of their native Mexico.

Graves-moon-900x660.jpgSeen above is: "Fra Mauro Region of the Moon, 1972," by multimedia artist Nancy Graves, whose interest in natural history, especially aerial landscapes and moon maps, fueled her work. From the series "Lithographs Based on Geologic Maps of Lunar Orbiter and Apollo Landing Sites." Lithograph. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA. Gift of Anne MacDougall and Gil Einstein in honor of Marjorie B. Cohn. ©Nancy Graves Foundation, Inc./Licensed by VAGA, NY, NY.

The exhibit is up through June 7. Read more about it here.