Show-and-Tell - Exhibits from 2001: A Space Odyssey

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northern Film & Media present a show-and-tell exploration of the important items from the Stanley Kubrick Archive loaned by the University of the Arts London for inclusion in the exhibition ‘They Used to Call it the Moon, which runs until 11 Jan 2015.

Chaired by BALTIC’s Curator of Exhibitions & Research, Alessandro Vincentelli, the conversation will include artist Joy Cuff, who worked with Kubrick on models and sketches of the Moon for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Richard Daniels, Stanley Kubrick Archivist at University of the Arts London.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made and the touchstone for all science-fiction cinema since its original 1968 release, Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey was made over a period of four years and involved an unprecedented level of developmental research and pre-production. This show-and-tell discussion will use the items in the exhibition to address wider questions about the artistic and other research processes behind the film and their afterlife in Kubrick’s extensive Archive, as well as exploring the enduring iconography of the moon in the artistic imagination.

This event is timed to coincide with an opening night Q&A night screening of BFI’s re-release of 2001: A Space Odyssey at Tyneside Cinema on Friday 05 December, held in partnership by Tyneside Cinema, Northern Film & Media and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. (Click here for more info.)

When: Saturday 06 December, 1pm – 2.30pm (registration from 12.40pm)

Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Level 3), Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

Tickets for this event are available online priced £4 (£2.50 conc.). To register please click here.

Thanks to the support of the European Regional Development Fund the ticket price will be refunded in full after the event to eligible North East creative industry professionals, subject to proof of attendance. To check your eligibility please click here.

This event is supported by University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre.


About the Panellists

Joy Cuff is an artist who helped to create the worlds of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Fahrenheit 451 and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen among many others. Her first job out of Art School was making puppet heads for Thunderbirds (1965) in the Sculptors’ workshop of AP Films. From there she wrote to MGM at Borehamwood convincing them at the age of 21 that she could build the moon sets for 2001, little realising that it was a whole moonscape she would be required to create. Her contribution to the visual realisation of 2001 is inestimable. As one commentator put it “Stanley Kubrick asked for the Moon and Joy Cuff gave it him on a stick.”

Richard Daniels is Senior Archivist and Stanley Kubrick Archivist at The University of the Arts London Archives & Special Collections Centre, the home of Stanley Kubrick’s extensive archive. The Archive provides a unique insight into Kubrick’s filmmaking processes, including his extensive research, screenwriting and production techniques, photography and film distribution and reception. Richard is also a co-editor of Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives (Black Dog) due to be published in early 2015.


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