Inspired by the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard's 1961 Freedom 7 mission—the first manned American space mission—the Museum at Bethel Woods is exhibiting 117 space-themed record album covers released between the 1940s and 1969. These album covers symbolize what a great fantasy and mystery we imagined space to be, and capture a moment in our history, and in America's popular culture.
"Spaced Out!;" will explore the wide variety of musical genres the fad touched, themes and motifs found on space-themed records, and how America's space fixation manifested in record album cover art and design. The exhibition also includes an audio-tour to accompany the exhibit.
"Spaced Out! The Final Frontier in Album Covers" will be on display April 2 through June 26, and is organized by the Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum Seattle.
As part of the Museum's accompanying Space-themed Spring Speaker and Film series, Science Fiction Weekly founder and curator Brooks Peck will discuss some of the important cultural themes of the exhibit, giving audiences a better understanding of the historical and artistic background on Saturday, April 2, at 2pm at The Museum at Bethel Woods, White Lake.