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Lecture: "Space Age Era Culture and Design 1957-1972" presented by Martin McGee

Bridging the Atomic Age and the Information Age: Cultural archeologist Martin McGee highlights pieces that exemplify the Space Age look that inspires and resonates with present-day designers. Free (1 hr)

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“We choose to go to the Moon.” John F. Kennedy, 1962
“Jane, stop this crazy thing!” George Jetson, 1962

How did envisioning the future, the exuberance of the times and the all-pervasive Space Race meld to influence the prescient design aesthetic in the Space Age era? Join Cultural archeologist Martin McGee to find out during Modernism Week 2019.

McGee has spent years researching the period and collecting its artifacts to advance understanding about the astonishing epoch that bridges the Atomic Age and the Information Age; fifteen pivotal years where science fiction and science fact intersected to create a weird and fascinating narrative - the seismic juncture of the modern and postmodern that still reverberates today.

His presentation will highlight pieces that exemplify the unique look of the Space Age that is inspiring and resonating with our present-day designers. Be sure to allow time to take one of the free tours of the new Rancho Mirage Observatory, which will be available throughout the day.

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This event is for all ages
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory.


Event Check-in Location

Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Auditorium, 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270

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Photo Credits: Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory


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