This exhibition includes vintage and current images of women as aviators and astronauts from fashion, television, film, pop culture and toys (e.g. Barbie and LEGO astronaut dolls), as well as new developments in space-inspired fashion (space gear/spacesuits for women). This unique exhibition showcases the achievements of America’s pioneering astronauts and highlights the fascination with space women. From the earliest moon goddesses to today’s galactic fashions, visions of females in space have sparked the creative imagination.
The exhibition includes photographs of pioneering astronauts including Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, Mae Jemison, America’s first African-American female astronaut, and Ellen Ochoa, America’s first Hispanic woman to go into space. There are also photographs of Dr. Ellen K. Baker, an astronaut who has logged more than 600 hours in space. Dr. Baker grew up in New York City and is the daughter of former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman.
Also on display are vintage and current images of female space travelers in television shows like Lost in Space and Star Trek, photographs of space-inspired fashions including Pucci’s designs for Braniff Airlines flight attendants and Chanel’s 2017 futuristic dresses, and screenshots from films like Barbarella, which starred Jane Fonda and Gravity, which starred Sandra Bullock.
Imaging Women in the Space Age is curated by Julie Wosk, Professor Emerita at SUNY Maritime College and author of Women and the Machine and My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves.
Imaging Women in the Space Age is part of the museum’s Space Out Summer, a season filled with flight and space-themed exhibits, workshops, demonstrations, installations and a new film, all to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
Free with NYSCI admission.
Featured image: Braniff International Collection, Image 5-BR-Pucci_Bubble Helmet and Orange Coat_060, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.