The British Library will host its first ever exhibit of science fiction literature from 20 May to 25 September. The exhibit, which will be called “Out of this World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It,” will include works by Mary Shelley, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Francis Godwin, Cory Doctorow, and China Miéville, among others as it tracing the evolution of the genre.
Arts Guild New Jersey will be hosting an art exhibit entitled Close Encounters from January 30 through March 3. The exhibit features artwork by Madeleine Bliss, Liz Brown, Derek Buckner, Brian Scott Campbell, Ernest Concepcion, Jason Leinwand, Keary Rosen, and Diane Whitebay as well as a radio broadcast of Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds from Oct. 30, 1938. Arts Guild New Jersey is located at 1670 Irving Street in Rahway.
The Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, France is running an exhibit devoted to exploring the cultural impact of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan. According to the museum’s head, Tarzan is important because it molded and reinforced American and European images of Africa throughout the twentieth century. Tarzan was introduced to readers by Burroughs in 1912 in Tarzan of the Apes. Burroughs went on to write two dozen novels about Tarzan. The first film was made as early as 1918.
The Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA is hosting the exhibit “Beyond Belief: The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell” from June 20, 2009 through 2011. Built around the premise of a time-traveling curator who brings back samples of creatures believed to be mythical, the exhibit features the artwork of Somerville, Massachusetts artist Hilary Scott.
The London Science Museum is hosting Wallace & Gromit present A World of Cracking Ideas from March 28 through November 1. The exhibit includes a full size reproduction of the house at 42 West Wallaby Street an is designed to introduce kids to the creative process of invention and ideas.
Northwestern University’s Charles Deering Library in Evanston, IL, will be hosting a display of science fiction artwork from March 2 – June 30, 2009. The exhibit includes work by Chesley Bonestell, Richard Powers, Kelly Freas, and Ed Emshwiller. In addition to the hanging art, the display includes an interactive computer terminal.