Space may be the last frontier, but the Skirball Cultural Center is the final stop on this exhibit’s journey.
“Star Trek” fans can beam themselves into the middle of a pop-culture and sci-fi phenomenon on October 7th, when “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds,” opens at the Los Angeles Institute.
“It explores all the worlds and characters of ‘Star Trek’,” said Laura Mart, managing curator of the Skirball exhibition. “As a Star Trek fan you get to see these amazing artworks and fun TV costumes up close, I really love it,” she said.
The exhibit is made up of over 100 artifacts, set pieces, costumes, props, scripts and videos that span the more than 50-year history of the Gene Roddenberry TV show and all of its other TV and movie spin-offs. It was originally launched to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the series, which aired between 1966–1969.
It was put together by the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, where the exhibition first ran from May 2016 to May 2018, before traveling to other locations. The Skirball Center will be the final stop of the exhibition.
“Thereafter, the costumes and props will go back to their owners because most of them are on loan to us from private collectors,” said Brooks Peck, Museum of Pop Culture senior curator of the exhibition.
The original series featured Captain James T. Kirk and his crew, who went to space on a five-year mission, “to explore strange new worlds, to seek new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where there are no humans.” Gone. Before.” It spanned seven television series, 13 films, novels, comics and games.
There are lots of cool things to see throughout the history of the franchise, but the goal of the exhibit goes much deeper than just showcasing memorabilia. The installation explores the show’s themes of optimism, equality and humanity, and its continuing impact on modern culture and technology.
“Star Trek’s message of optimism about the future and an appreciation of diversity, of hope, of working together is not just a good message, it’s a message that has inspired people for generations, even if Don’t be wild ‘Star Trek’ fans,” Peck said.
But even so, Trekkies will go wild for all the best out-of-this-world items on display at the exhibit, such as Captain James T. Outfits worn by characters from the original series, including Kirk, Spock, Doc Leonard McCoy and Lieutenant Uhura.
People can also see the original rudder and navigation control console used on the original series bridge. It was restored in 2016 and will really allow fans to freak out as the restoration includes LED lights that have been programmed to blink in the exact same pattern and time as seen in the show.
Fans of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, the follow-up series from 1987–1994, will see most of that crew’s space outfits, including the red and black uniform of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. There is also the outfit of the pilot Geordi La Forge, as well as his visor, which allowed him to see since birth.
There are also cool gadgets and weapons, such as the D’K Tahag knife and the Bat’leth, a double-sided curved blade weapon used by the Klingons, the warrior race that appeared in the series.
And yes, you can go ahead and sit, “Beam me up, Scotty” because there’s a replica transporter where people can stand and watch themselves drive to the end front on a nearby screen.
Star Trek: Exploring the New World
When: October 7-February. 20
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles
Cost: $18 for general admission, $15 for seniors and full-time students, and children 12 and over, $13 for children ages 2-12. Admission is free for all on Thursdays. The ticket includes general admission to the centre.
COVID-19 Protocol: Advance ticket required. Proof of vaccination or negative test within 72 hours for all ages. Masks should be worn indoors.
Notice: 310-440-4500; skirball.org