10 February 2020

"Imaging Women in the Space Age" Extended in New York City

Richard Fienberg

Richard Fienberg American Astronomical Society

This post is adapted from a NYSCI press release:

Imaging Women in Science

July 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and to celebrate, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) launched an exhibition entitled "Imaging Women in the Space Age," curated by Dr. Julie Wosk, author of Women and the Machine: Representations from the Spinning Wheel to the Electronic Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). The exhibit was originally scheduled to run 13 July to 3 November 2019 but has been extended through 29 March 2020.

The exhibition showcases the achievements of America's pioneering female astronauts and highlights the fascination with space women in movies, television, advertising, fashion design, and today's toys. From the earliest Moon goddesses to today's galactic fashions, visions of females in space have sparked the creative imagination.

On display in the museum's gallery 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.

The exhibition reminds us of the groundbreaking achievements of pioneering astronauts with photographs of 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.

The exhibition also reflects a world where important changes are underway as more and more women are participating in NASA's space program as astronauts and as astronautical engineers. It reveals innovative new developments in spacesuits specifically designed for women.

"Imaging Women in the Space Age" is open during regular museum hours: Monday − Friday, 9:30 am − 5:00 pm, and weekends, 10:00 am − 6:00 pm. The exhibition is free with general museum admission ($20 adults; $15 children ages 2-17, college students with valid ID, and seniors ages 62 and older).