Exhibits at EMP Museum

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Sat Nov 24, 2012 – Sun Feb 16, 2014

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EMP Museum


EMP Museum
Seattle Center
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Martin Schoeller: Close Up

Martin Schoeller’s large-scale photographic headshots place some of the most recognizable faces from the world of rock, cinema, the sports field, and the political podium alongside American teens and tribesmen from Tanzania and the Amazon. By placing nearly 50 of his hyper-detailed subjects on the same level, Schoeller underscores the human connection between us all.

EMP will be the exhibit’s only West Coast stop and the final destination on the world tour.

Fantasy: Worlds of Myth & Magic

From The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride to Harry Potter and Snow White and the Huntsman, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic invites audiences on a fantastical journey to unearth the inspiration behind this genre’s most magnificent creations.

Revel in hands-on installations that include world building and mapmaking, and legendary pop culture artifacts. See iconic costumes from TV and the silver screen including The Wizard of Oz, Xena: Warrior Princess, Labyrinth, and The Princess Bride; pet a dragon designed by Seattle Opera; sit atop the Iron Throne from HBO's Game of Thrones; and view original hand-edited manuscript pages from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Hear My Train A Comin': Hendrix Hits London

King of "Purple Haze" fame and widely considered the greatest guitarist in history, Jimi Hendrix wowed the swinging London scene for nine months—releasing three hit singles, a chart-topping debut album, and becoming the darling of the British music press—before returning home to dazzle audiences at the Monterey Pop Festival in California.

Featuring lyrics, personal instruments, original photographs, outrageous outfits, and rare concert footage, Hear My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London celebrates the iconic musician's 70th birthday by inviting viewers to discover how Hendrix achieved prominence across the pond.

Artifact highlights include shards from Hendrix's hand-painted guitar smashed at the conclusion of his famous performance at London’s Saville Theatre on June 4, 1967; drummer Mitch Mitchell’s silver sparkle Ludwig set played during the Electric Ladyland era; and custom tailored jackets by Dandie Fashions, an enterprise that the Beatles later transformed into Apple Tailoring.

Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses

The world's most extensive exhibition of memorabilia celebrating the music and history of Seattle grunge luminaries, Nirvana. The exhibit features rare and unseen artifacts and photography from the band, their crews, and families.

Icons of Science Fiction

Featuring iconic artifacts from sci-fi literature, film, television, and art, including an Imperial Dalek from Doctor Who, the command chair from the classic television series Star Trek, and Neo’s coat from The Matrix Reloaded.

Sample diverse forms of science fiction, learn about the pervasiveness of the genre in popular culture, and connect science fiction’s big ideas to the artists, writers, and filmmakers who spawned them with six unique sectors that highlight the work of EMP’s Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductees. Drawing on questions that propel the plots in science fiction media such as, “What if we fought a war with Aliens?” “What if we could explore the stars?” or “What if we were enslaved by our machines?” Icons of Science Fiction allows visitors to traverse the creative spirit of sci-fi innovators, while simultaneously reveling in the physical artifacts inspired by their distinct visions. See video game art, pull on a second persona with antennas, ray gun, and cape from the compositing special effects installation, and see the flying saucers and light sabers that have come to form the basis of our collective consciousness.

Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film

Examine the pivotal role that horror plays in the human experience. Three iconic horror directors—Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth—have curated a selection of their favorite films, providing a solid foundation on which audiences can safely explore the spectrum of cinematic horror, from its inception at the turn of the 20th century to the present day. Visitors can view artifacts that include the script from Night of the Living Dead, the alien creature suit from Alien, and Jack Torrance's axe from The Shining; watch interviews with the directors; and scream bloody murder. Interactive highlights include a Scream Booth, Horror Soundscapes, Monster Timeline, and Philip Worthington's interactive shadow monster installation.

Comments (2)

I can’t wait to go and see Lady Gaga’s piano and the MEAT DRESS!!!  XD

By jobrocalderone on July 13, 2013 at 10:17 am


By Roy1969 on January 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm

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