2017 Exhibition Schedule

Join us for a year filled with imagination, invention, and magic.


World Premiere

For more than 70 years, cartoonist Rube Goldberg drew unique worlds filled with inventive technology and political commentary. Equal parts clever satirist and zany designer, the Pulitzer Prizing-winning artist is best known for his invention drawings—complex chain-reaction machines designed to perform simple tasks. From iconic board games like Mouse Trap to thrilling music videos such as OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass,” Goldberg has influenced some of the most indelible moments in pop culture. The Art of Rube Goldberg is the first comprehensive retrospective of Goldberg’s 72-year career since 1970. With more than 90 objects on display ranging from original drawings and rare photographs to 3D puzzles, these incredible artifacts are paired with MoPOP’s signature interactive style to bring Goldberg’s imagination to life. 

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Opens March 4, 2017 

MoPOP will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame with a new gallery celebrating the creators and creations that have made significant contributions to the genres. Founded in 1996, the Hall of Fame was relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas to its permanent home at MoPOP in 2004. The final inductees are nominated by the public, and chosen by a panel of award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, editors, publishers, and film professionals. 2017 inductees will include speculative author Margaret Atwood, Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, Stanley Kubrick’s seminal film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and long-running series The X-Files, with more to be announced.

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Opens May 20, 2017
World Premiere

This dynamic new visitor experience will explore Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television, and his transformative impact on pop culture. This comprehensive exhibition reveals how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular puppet characters of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and the Muppet films, the fantastical worlds of Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth, and much more. Featuring a broad range of artifacts related to Henson’s unparalleled career, including more than 20 puppets, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, film and television clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and interactive experiences.

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Opens July 1, 2017

Between 1972 and 1973, when David Bowie was redefining glam rock as the androgynous alien rock star Ziggy Stardust, fellow Londoner Mick Rock was the musician’s official photographer. David Bowie: Starman features 65 of Rock’s photographs that capture Bowie’s creativity and charisma, from dressing room shots of his transformation into Ziggy Stardust and live performances to private moments between gigs. The exhibit also features rare performance footage and video interviews with Bowie, as well as an audio tour featuring Rock’s stories about Bowie and the photographs.

The Art of Rube Goldberg was conceived by Creighton Michael; developed in cooperation with Heirs of Rube Goldberg, LLC, NY, NY; and curated by Max Weintraub. Tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Pictured: 6.Rube Goldberg, Inventions (Bell-Buoy, Soup Spoon, Golf), c. 1938-1941. Color ink and watercolor on paper. Artwork Copyright © Rube Goldberg Inc. All Rights Reserved. RUBE GOLDBERG ® is a registered trademark of Rube Goldberg Inc. All materials used with permission. www.rubegoldberg.com

Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame photo by Brady Harvey.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited is organized by Museum of the Moving Image.

Pictured: Jim Henson with puppets from Fraggle Rock. © The Jim Henson Company.

David Bowie: Starman photo COPYRIGHT MICK ROCK 1972, 2016