Beyond spaceship Earth
Exhibition

Far Out

Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space

July 20, 2019–January 20, 2020

Floor 6

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Fifty years since the first footsteps on the Moon, the exploration of the cosmos remains irresistible, and the ambition to establish commercial space travel and planetary settlements continues to capture the imagination. Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space celebrates the visionary ideas and ingenious solutions from architects, artists, and designers who dared to imagine life far out among the stars.

In parallel to the advances of a booming space industry, artists and architects are reckoning with the social and cultural effects of our cosmic quest. Extraterrestrial conditions amplify the challenge to design for space travel, and new research and technologies are making what was once science fiction a reality. This exhibition presents realized and conceptual designs for space suits, habitats, and laboratories alongside a selection of film and visual art, including designs from Rick Guidice, Raymond Loewy, NASA, Neri Oxman, Tom Sachs, and others.


Exhibition Preview

Rick Guidice, Toroidal Colonies, cutaway view exposing the interior; courtesy NASA Ames Research Center History Archives
Tom Sachs, Mary’s Suit, 2019; courtesy Tom Sachs
Cristina de Middel, UMEKO from the series The Afronauts, 2012; © Cristina De Middel
Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space, 2019 (installation view, SFMOMA); photo: © Matthew
Millman Photography


Featured Artists and Designers

  • Ant Farm
  • Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
  • Roger Arno
  • Michael Baine
  • Nuotama Frances Bodomo
  • Chesley Bonestell
  • Stewart Brand
  • Cal Poly Pomona Architecture and Michael Fox
  • Danne & Blackburn
  • Don Davis
  • Design Earth
  • Foster + Partners
  • Buckminster Fuller
  • Graphic Films
  • Fritz Goro
  • Rick Guidice
  • Theo Kamecke
  • Kriss J. Kennedy and Constance Adams
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Fritz Lang
  • Harry Lange
  • Justin Lin
  • Raymond Loewy
  • Greg Lynn
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • NASA and B.F. Goodrich
  • NASA and David Clark Company
  • NASA and ILC Dover
  • Kurt Maetzig
  • Lucy McCrae
  • Georges Méliès
  • Doug Michels
  • Cristina de Middel
  • Todd Douglas Miller
  • Frank G. Mitola
  • Gerard K. O’Neill
  • Neri Oxman
  • Alessandro Poli
  • Sun Ra and Joshua Smith
  • Tom Sachs
  • Curtis Schreier
  • Ridley Scott
  • Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch+) and Clouds Architecture Office (Clouds AO)
  • Philippe Starck
  • Tavares Strachan
  • Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Trotti + Associates
  • Douglas Trumbull


Header image: Rick Guidice, Toroidal Colonies, cutaway view exposing the interior; courtesy NASA Ames Research Center History Archives