At the heart of science fiction is being able to transport the audience to a different place or era that still feels familiar. But a sci-fi movie or TV show doesn’t get to rely solely on storytelling to get the job done, and in steps art direction, where truly memorable visuals can be imprinted into our brains. There’s a reason why the Academy Award for Visual Effects often goes to science fiction.
The Art Directors Guild will be celebrating some of the most iconic images in sci-fi with an exhibit at the newly opened Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, California, which will run from June 9 to August 25. Around 150 paintings and drawings will be displayed, all from the Guild’s Production Designers, Art Directors, Set Designers, Illustrators, Matte Artists, Digital Artists, and Scenic, Tile, and Graphic Artists. The Guild sets up a panel each year at the San Diego Comic-Con, and has hosted similar exhibitions at other sci-fi conferences.
So what will be on display? An entire wall will be dedicated to the Star Trek franchise, which will feature art from both the films and TV series. Fans should have a great time looking at the Firefly and Serenity memorabilia, as well as art from Doctor Who, Tron and Tron: Legacy, Avatar, Men in Black, Real Steel, and the TV series 10,000 Days.
Sure, there are some key pieces of fiction missing here, but it still sounds like a solid good time for anyone living in or around Burlingame. Too bad I’ll probably be at home, enjoying the art on TV or DVD. But if you happen to make it out there, tell us how it is.