Space, Science and Star Trek at Chabot

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It’s hard to think of a more fitting location than the Chabot Space and Science Center to host the don’t-miss art exhibition “Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years.”This striking collection of original art celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic science fiction series seems perfectly placed among the telescopes, space capsules, and displays of stars and planets in the Chabot Center.


Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years.
From paintings to digital illustration to sculpture, there are with 50 original works of art by 50 artists from 10 different countries around the world, all of them unique interpretations of a cultural phenomenon. The collection even includes a piece by the late Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek series.


Memories of a Classic TV Series
This exhibit will likely invoke deep nostalgia in Star Trek fans, especially those of the original series or The Next Generation: characters from those shows figure prominently among the pieces. However, much of the fun can be had in recognizing supporting characters, villains, and spaceships in each work. As visitors walk through the gallery, happy gasps and laughter are often heard as a beloved character is spotted or a favorite episode is recalled. Co-curator Wade Buchanan mentions the fun he had in working with the artists and assembling this exhibition: “I think popular culture serves as a great gateway to make art more accessible to everyone.”


Star Trek for Kids

The exhibit is accessible to children; even if they are too young to have watched any Star Trek, they will enjoy exploring all the different art mediums. Parents may like encouraging their little ones to look for the same character to appear in different pieces around the gallery. Some pieces with particular kid appeal to look for include a Borg cube made entirely of Hot Wheels that lights up a menacing electric green, by Neal Smith; a gentle, whimsical illustration of the Starfleet campus by children’s book illustrator Amir Abou-Roumié that wouldn’t look out of place in a child’s room, and an amazing portrait of Mr. Spock made entirely of woven fibers by Hyunju Kim.


Explore the Rest of the Chabot Center
After viewing the exhibition, check out the rest of the Chabot Center. There are interactive galleries examining the universe, space exploration, and other related topics. The walls and corners of the halls are filled with artifacts from America’s ventures into space including space capsules, moon rocks, and astronaut suits. Admission to the Center also includes two shows at the planetarium. And, of course take a peek through one of the giant telescopes. There’s even a playroom for little kids, and the BeanSprouts Café offers family-friendly fare.


The Chabot Space and Science Center is the 10th stop for this traveling exhibition. “Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years.” will remain at the Chabot Center until March 12, and then will continue its world tour, ending in Los Angeles later this summer. Access to the exhibition is included with general admission to the Chabot. You can purchase tickets at the entrance or here. To learn more about the Star Trek art exhibition and to purchase prints of some of the works, go to the official Star Trek website.


Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland, Ca
When: Feb. 3- Mar 12, 2017
Cost (includes general admission to Chabot Center): $18/adult; $15/students and seniors with ID; $14/children 3-12; FREE/2 and under
Open Wed-Sun 10 a.m–5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Are you a major Star Trek fan? Are you planning on catching the exhibition before it closes? 

–Anita Chu

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