FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2020

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Skirball Cultural Center announces highlights of popular traveling exhibition 

STAR TREK: 
EXPLORING NEW WORLDS 
April 30–September 6, 2020 

LOS ANGELES, CA—The Skirball Cultural Center has revealed details of its LA debut presentation of Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds. Organized by the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle, under license by ViacomCBS Consumer Products, this immersive exhibition showcases Star Trek’s enduring impact on culture, art, and technology. The exhibition also explores how Star Trek broke boundaries with its daring vision of cooperation and inclusion, where humans and aliens work together for the common goal of exploring the galaxy. Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds opens at the Skirball on April 30 and will remain on view through September 6, 2020.

Star Trek remains one of the most iconic touchstones of twentieth- and twenty-first-century pop culture. More than fifty years since the original TV show premiered to modest ratings, it has succeeded in shifting our ideas about both technology and human relationships,” remarked Laura Mart, Skirball managing curator for the Skirball presentation. “We welcome fans and fans-in-the-making to explore this phenomenon and celebrate how Star Trek has continued to probe themes of justice, equality, heroism, and optimism throughout seven TV series, fourteen films, and thousands of novels, comics, and games.”

On view in the exhibition will be an array of rare artifacts, set pieces, and props from the television series, spinoffs, and films—many of which have never been on display in LA. Highlights include:

  • Set pieces from Star Trek: The Original Series, including Captain Kirk’s command chair and the navigation console.
  • More than 100 artifacts and props from the various Star Trek TV series and films, including an original series tricorder, communicator, and phaser; a Borg cube from the film Star Trek: First Contact; a Klingon disruptor pistol from Star Trek: The Next Generation; and tribbles from Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Spock’s tunic worn by Leonard Nimoy; Lt. Uhura’s dress worn by Nichelle Nichols; Khan garments past and present, including the open-chest tunic worn by Ricardo Montalban and the costume worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2013 reboot; Captain Picard’s uniform worn by Patrick Stewart; plus, a Borg costume, the alien Gorn, and more.
  • Original scripts, concept art, storyboards, and production drawings.
  • Spaceship filming models of the U.S.S.Enterprise, U.S.S. Excelsior, U.S.S. Phoenix, and Deep Space Nine space station.
  • Objects that illustrate how Star Trek has become deeply embedded in popular culture and has even inspired real-world technological innovations, such as a prototype of an actual medical tricorder, Star Trek-themed beer, Boston Red Sox “Star Trek Night” foam finger in the shape of the Vulcan salute, a “Picardigan” sweater, a listening station with songs by Star Trek tribute bands, US postal stamps featuring the U.S.S. Enterprise, and much more.

Details about the exhibition’s interactive elements and related programs will be released in March 2020. A special press preview is scheduled for April 29, 2020. Please inquire to lcmediapr@gmail.com.

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The exhibition and its related educational programs at the Skirball Cultural Center are made possible through lead support from the following donors:

Lori and Scott Cooper / Pegasus Squire
Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary
Rebecca and Kris Lythgoe
U.S. Bank

Media sponsor: Los Angeles magazine

About the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

Now in its 20thyear, MoPOP is a leading-edge nonprofit museum in Seattle, with a mission to make creative expression a life changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. MoPOP reaches multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, community engagements, and educational programs, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the pop culture of our time. For more information, visit MoPOP.org.

About ViacomCBS Consumer Products

ViacomCBS Consumer Products (VCP) oversees all licensing and merchandising for ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, VCP’s portfolio includes a diverse slate of brands and content from BET, CBS (including CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution), Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Showtime. With properties spanning animation, live-action, preschool, youth and adult, VCP is committed to creating the highest quality product for some of the world’s most beloved, iconic franchises. Additionally, VCP oversees the direct-to-consumer online business for CBS’ programming merchandise, as well as standalone SpongeBob, MTV, Star Trek and Showtime branded ecommerce websites.

About the Skirball

The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society.

Visiting the Skirball

The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049. Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday 12:00–5:00 pm; Saturday–Sunday 10:00 am–5:00 pm; closed Mondays and holidays. Special admission fees for Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds: $20 General; $17 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $15 Children 2–12. Admission to all other Skirball exhibitions: $12 General; $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12; $7 Children 2–12. Exhibitions are always free to Skirball Members and Children under 2. For general information, the public may call (310) 440-4500 or visit skirball.org. The Skirball is also home to Zeidler’s Café, which serves innovative California cuisine in an elegant setting, and Audrey’s Museum Store, which sells books, contemporary art, music, jewelry, and more.