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    Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California, Saturday, March 3, 2018 Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California, Saturday, March 3, 2018
    Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California March 3, 2018 - September 2, 2018
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    Pasadena Museum of History's exhibition Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California ventures into the world of science fiction that was created right here in Southern California between the 1930s and 1980s and how it interacted with the advances of science, the changes in technology, and shifts in American society. Curated by Nick Smith, former president of Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, the exhibition will bring together an unusual range of artifacts, fine and graphic arts, books, ephemera, and photographs.

    From the comic strip space hero Buck Rogers in the 1930s to the dystopian depiction of Los Angeles in Blade Runner (1982), the parallel worlds, alternative universes, and culturally unique societies depicted in science fiction contrasted sharply with cultural and political norms of the day. Science fiction is often regarded as the literature of the imagination, but it was here in Southern California that the worlds of speculation, science, and society overlapped in ways that helped change the world.

    Southern California ushered in the Rocket Age in 1936 with the first rocket tests in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco. The growth of the aeronautics industry in the area was closely paralleled by the growth of the creative science fiction community. Dreaming the Universe will examine visionary creators – Ray Bradbury, Octavia Butler, Frank Kelly Freas, Syd Mead, Emil Petaja, and Edgar Rice Burroughs – and the books, fanzines, art, and media they created. Attention will also be given to the fans of science fiction, individuals such as Forrest Ackerman, as well as fan organizations.

    Pasadena Museum of History


    470 W. Walnut Street
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    626-577-1660
    pasadenahistory.org

    The Pasadena Museum of History’s collections, exhibits, and programs provide educational resources for the public to increase understanding and appreciation of history, culture, and science in Pasadena and neighboring communities. Founded in 1924 as the Pasadena Historical Society, the Pasadena Museum of History operates the only Museum and Research Library devoted solely to preserving and educating the community about the history of Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley.

    The Museum's valuable archival collection includes over 1,000,000 historical photographs, original manuscripts, books, maps, architectural records, costumes, and other artifacts. Spanning the years 1850 to present, this is the largest and most comprehensive collection relating to the history of the west San Gabriel Valley. Significant collections include the Tournament of Roses Collection, Pasadena Black History Collection, Pasadena Star-News historic archives, and the Sylvanus Marston Architectural Collection.

    Since 1970, the Museum has been headquartered on the 2.1-acre grounds of the Fenyes Estate, a Pasadena Cultural Landmark that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum's 1906 Beaux Arts Fenyes Mansion contains approximately thirteen rooms with original Victorian furnishing and a historically significant painting collection. Named for its founders, Eva and Adalbert Fenyes, the home became a California version of the kind of "salon" popular on the East Coast and in Europe.

     

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    25¢ a Play: The Art of the Videocade, Saturday, May 26, 2018 12:00 am 25¢ a Play: The Art of the Videocade, Saturday, May 26, 2018 12:00 am
    25¢ a Play: The Art of the Videocade May 26, 2018 - July 29, 2018
    12:00 am–11:59 pm
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    The first show at the newly opened Peekaboo Gallery pays tribute to the Mall Arcade of your youth and is entitled, “25¢ a Play: The Art of the Videocade.” This landmark celebration of classic coin-op video arcade games and pinball machines will feature an extraordinary experiential installation.  For the first time in an organized presentation, extremely rare, original Atari commercial artwork will be for sale. These include everything from scarce prototype concepts to final Atari cartridge box art.  Along side the unprecedented collection of art, will be a top-shelf offering of original commercial arcade games. Guests will have the opportunity to view and purchase well-loved and rare titles such as Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Pac Man, Zaxxon, Tempest, Tron and Space Invaders.  Also on offer will be rare, early titles such as the notorious, 1976 Death Race driving game by Exidy, which started the “violence in video games” controversy.  Another rare title will be Atari founder, Nolan Bushnell’s, COMPUTER SPACE from 1971.  This legendary game is credited as being the world’s first commercial coin-op video game. 

    25¢ A Play: The Art of the Videocade showcases the greatest arcade games of the 70s and 80s and the best collection of 8-bit amusements, art and ephemera in this category ever seen.

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    Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait, Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 pm Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait, Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 pm
    Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait July 1, 2018 - September 23, 2018
    12:00 pm–5:00 pm
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    Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait chronicles three generations of Inuit artists—Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983), her daughter Napachie Pootoogook (1938-2002), and granddaughter Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016).

    The prints and drawings on view depict nuanced depictions of family and village life in Kinngait, as well as sardonic references to pop culture that have now penetrated everyday life in this remote community in the Canadian Arctic. Kinngait is known internationally for its artwork, and the three women in this exhibition are among the most well regarded artists of this region.

    Join us at 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 30 for an exhibition walk-through with curator Andrea R. Hanley, followed immediately by an opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The walk-through and reception are free and open to the public.

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    Marta Chaffee: The Places We've Lived, Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 pm Marta Chaffee: The Places We've Lived, Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:00 pm
    Marta Chaffee: The Places We've Lived July 1, 2018 - September 23, 2018
    12:00 pm–5:00 pm
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    Marta Chaffee’s practice draws from California landscapes and the implied freedom of the American West. This exhibition, organized by her daughter Aandrea Stang, showcases paintings and drawings that relate to the artist's numerous road trips—from mundane, local stoplight views, to vistas inspired by the Golden State Freeway or Interstate 395, which she often traveled to visit family in the Eastern Sierras. In her paintings and drawings, Chaffee has mapped locations she often returned to by necessity or choice, organizing both observed and invented views as seen through her windshield.

    Please join the Armory for an opening reception with the artist on Saturday, June 30 from 6:00-8:00 pm. This reception is free an open to the public. 

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    Exhibition: Utopia , Monday, July 2, 2018 12:00 pm Exhibition: Utopia , Monday, July 2, 2018 12:00 pm
    Exhibition: Utopia July 2, 2018 - August 19, 2018
    12:00 pm–5:00 pm
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    Exhibition: Utopia

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    The Armory hosts the annual exhibition of vibrant, inventive work by adult artists with disabilities. These large works on paper, meticulously rendered with felt-tip markers, depict individual notions of "Utopia," ranging from visits to Disneyland, to a windy day traveling on the 210 Freeway, and dress shopping at Macy's. See the exhibition in the Armory's Community Room. Join the reception on July 14, 3:00-5:00pm.

    The Adaptive Art program is sponsored by the City of Pasadena Human Services and Recreation Department and supported by the Pasadena Recreation and Parks Foundation. 

    The Community Room is open every day except Tuesdays. 

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    Jackalope Summer Nights, Friday, August 3, 2018 Jackalope Summer Nights, Friday, August 3, 2018
    Jackalope Summer Nights August 3, 2018
    5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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    Jackalope Summer Nights, Friday, August 3, 2018 Jackalope Summer Nights, Friday, August 3, 2018
    Jackalope Summer Nights August 4, 2018
    3:00 pm–10:00 pm
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