Giants in the Sky | The Rise and Fall of Airships

June 6, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Stacey M. Carter,  Tail View of Airship Akron at Moffett Field 1932, Hangar One Under Construction,  2014. 

Stacey M. Carter, Tail View of Airship Akron at Moffett Field 1932, Hangar One Under Construction, 2014. 

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, where our culture focuses on creating the smallest, most sophisticated devices, we take this opportunity to look back at a time when bigger was better.  

In the early 20th Century airships became both a promising technology and an exclusive mode of luxury travel, but this lasted just one generation. During this golden age of air discovery, Moffett Field was home to the great airship USS Macon, beginning its legacy as a birthplace for scientific, technological research and development. The story of airships explores the quest for aeronautic innovation, its infusion into popular culture, and the rise and fall of a technology that continues to capture our imagination. San Francisco artists Jenny Robinson, Stacey Carter and California artist Michael Rosenfeld illustrate the scale and grandeur of these superstructures, and contributions from private collections of ephemera, photographs and objects will provide historical context.

Our multimedia, interactive exposition will include contemporary artwork, vintage photographs, artifacts, memorabilia and video. The education and programming components will include lectures and participatory elements. The exhibit will be on view for four months.  


This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of our partners, lenders and sponsors:

The Town of Los Gatos, Moffett Field Museum, Museum of Monterey, NASA Ames Research, Airship Ventures, Sierra Toy Soldier Company, Dan Edwards Framing, Jamis MacNiven and Buck’s Restaurant, Robert Flynn Johnson, Cheryl Ganz, The Society of Pioneers of Santa Clara Valley, the Artists and Donors to NUMU’s Annual Campaign.

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