Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey


“As it approaches its 52nd birthday, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ remains one of the most inventive and enduring of all movies. But from the vantage point of 2020, it can be difficult to appreciate the sheer breadth of imagination involved in its making. Enter ‘Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey,’ a new exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, that runs through July 19. The show brings together original correspondence, sketches, storyboards, props, video clips and much more to illustrate how Kubrick, the film’s director, and Arthur C. Clarke, the science fiction author who collaborated with him on the screenplay, set about bringing the future to the screen. The museum will show ‘2001’ on 70-millimeter film monthly while the exhibit runs, and several sidebar movie series — the first, on movies that inspired ‘2001,’ runs through Feb. 2 — will complement the showcase. The exhibition, previously presented at the Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, is technically an offshoot of the acclaimed traveling presentation that covered Kubrick’s entire career. It toured 19 cities beginning in 2004 but never made it to New York because there was no space big enough to house it, according to Kubrick’s daughter Katharina Kubrick at the press preview for the ‘2001’ show this month. Those lucky enough to have caught the traveling show will recognize the same strengths (and perhaps a few of the same weaknesses). ‘Envisioning 2001’ shows Kubrick as a director in command of all aspects of filmmaking, and it suggests that he and Clarke were no small obsessives when it came to understanding their subject matter. One of the first items in the exhibit is a request form from 1964, with Clarke’s name and address, sent to the United States Air Force. He sought information on a sighting — which turned out to be a satellite — that he and Kubrick, then developing the story for the movie, had seen in the sky over New York. …”
NY Times: The Making of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Was as Far Out as the Movie
Guardian – Inside the odyssey: taking a closer look at Stanley Kubrick’s 2001
How Stanley Kubrick’s Vision of the Future in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Predicted the Way We Consume News Today (Video)
YouTube: our of ‘Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey’ Exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image


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