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The Natural Aristocrat captured a video tour of the Museum of the Moving Image’s ‘Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey’ Exhibition for those of you not local to the NYC area.

From the iconic Moon-Watcher ape featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey’s opening sequences to Stanley Kubrick’s 1969 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, there are countless set pieces, sketches, notes, and everything in-between at the MoMI. Even the infamous HAL 9000 artificial intelligence computer is on display.

The Natural Aristocrat did a walking video tour of the ‘Envisioning 2001’ exhibition at Queens based Museum of the Moving Image for those who can’t make the trip out… But it should be a necessary pilgrimage for every Stanley Kubrick fan to make a visit out to Astoria! The exhibit needs to be seen with one’s own eyes, similar to Dr. Dave Bowman’s Jovian Monolith Star Gate experience.


The Natural Aristocrat conducted an exclusive one-on-one interview with Stanley’s daughter Katharina Kubrick during the press day and she mentioned her favorite part of the exhibit was “seeing all the sketches and the artwork.”

“I like seeing all the sketches and the the artwork, actually. It’s good fun. It’s very interesting to see the process, the way people’s minds work in getting to the final result. There’s lots to see!”

On that same mindset, The Natural Aristocrat was fascinated to see Stanley’s extensive notes on Artificial Intelligence as a whole. Prompting not only thoughts of HAL 9000 but the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence and how long Stanley might have been visualizing A.I. as a general concept for film use over the years. The sketches Katharina Kubrick refers to are indeed inspiring, masterfully detailed, and highly complex.

Photos from ‘Envisioning 2001’ MoMI Exhibit:

Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) - Pod - Photo Credit: Nir Regev / The Natural Aristocrat

Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) – EVA pod – Extravehicular Activity pods – Photo Credit: Nir Regev / The Natural Aristocrat

Above: A beautiful sketch of the EVA Pod in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) - Space Station - Photo Credit: Nir Regev / The Natural Aristocrat

Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) – Space Station – Photo Credit: Nir Regev / The Natural Aristocrat

Above: Visionary sketch of 2001’s Space Station.

Stanley Kubrick and his family attend the 2001: A Space Odyssey New York City Premiere at the Loews Capital Theatre. From left to right: Stanley Kubrick, Anya Kubrick, Christiane Kubrick, Vivian Kubrick, and Katharina Kubrick. - Photo (of the photo at MoMI) Credit: Nir Regev / The Natural Aristocrat

Stanley Kubrick and his family attend the 2001: A Space Odyssey New York City Premiere at the Loews Capital Theatre. From left to right: Stanley Kubrick, Anya Kubrick, Christiane Kubrick, Vivian Kubrick, and Katharina Kubrick. – Photo (of the photo at MoMI) Credit: Nir Regev / The Natural Aristocrat

Above: Stanley Kubrick attending the 2001: A Space Odyssey New York City Premiere at Loews Capital Theatre with the whole family! From left to right: Stanley Kubrick, Anya Kubrick, Christiane Kubrick, Vivian Kubrick, and Katharina Kubrick.

The Museum of the Moving Image’s ‘Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey’ Exhibit is running now through July 19 and is located in 36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) in Astoria, New York.

* The ‘Envisioning 2001’ Walking Tour Video and Photos from the exhibit were captured during the official MoMI Press Preview on January 14, 2020 (before the exhibition was fully installed).

Be sure to check out the full MoMI Envisioning 2001 Exhibit Press Presentation and The Natural Aristocrat’s tribute article to Barry Lyndon’s use of Handel’s ‘Sarabande’ as a prominent piece overlaying the film.

Learn more about the Museum of Moving Image’s ‘Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey’ Exhibit at this link and book a visit today!

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