Friday, September 22, 2017, 9:00 a.m.Friday, October 6, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
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Opening Reception: Friday, September 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

This exhibition, presented in collaboration with ArtOrg, features fourteen original paintings by John Berkey (1932-2008), a prolific illustrator known for his posters and pre-production designs for the original Star Wars movie and many other Hollywood films, hundreds of science fiction book covers, and over a dozen U.S. postage stamps.

Though largely self-taught, Berkey attended the Minneapolis School of Art (now MCAD) from 1950 to 1951 and also took night school courses in 1953. In the 1960s, Berkey was hired by NASA to illustrate the astronauts associated with the space program and over the next four decades his book cover and movie poster designs helped define the look of modern, high-tech space craft. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2004. 

Curated by Damon Stanek, this exhibition is part of the 2017 Mechademia conference on Asian popular culture. This year's theme is Science Fiction, with Keynote Speakers Takayuki Tatsumi and Mari Kotani. The conference is held at MCAD from September 22 to 24.

MCAD Gallery Hours

Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m.

Events and exhibitions are always free and open to the public. For more information or any disability accommodations, please contact Kerry Morgan, director of gallery and exhibition programs, at 612.874.3667 or