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Photos From Star Wars and the Power of the Costume Exhibition at Discovery Times Square!

Exhibition Marquee
All Photos By Gail Except Where Noted (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Hey what’s up? Today we are having our first official snowfall here in NYC, and it is lovely, but mostly it makes you start pondering how are we going to get through the winter months, and still have fun, without leaving the house. If you are looking for ideas of fun outings you can take in the borough of Manhattan that involve indoor activities, and which are all pretty close to public transportation (i.e. limiting required outside time) then you should plan to head over to the Discovery Center in Times Square for the Star Wars and the Power of the Costume Exhibition, which is just outstanding.

Dressing the Galaxy
Each Section of the Exhibit Leads With a Poster Like This, Which Indicates the Theme of the Costumes You Are About to See

Perhaps you are thinking that you have not seen all of the Star Wars films, and won’t have fun because you don’t know all of the specific minutia of the backstory for each character that wore a particular costume, so I am here to tell you that it does not matter. All you need is a loose grasp of the franchise and the names of a few main characters and you’ll be good to go, because there is such clear and compelling narrative that follows each display. I learned so much and was so intrigued that it made me want go back and see the films I haven’t seen yet. Even the ones everyone whines about.

Let’s get to the costumes!

Jedi Robe and Padme Outfit
Jedi Robe of Anikan Skywalker and Gown of Queen Padme Amidala from Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (Photo Credit: Geoffrey Dicker)

George Quote

The exhibit galleries are scattered with quotes like the one above, from Director George Lucas, and others who worked on the costumes, which add a new dimension of understanding to what “The Power of the Costume” means.

Jedi Robes

The Jedi Vs Sith Gallery has interactive features and also the best lighting of any gallery, which is helpful, because flash photography is not allowed.

Sith Lords

Darth Maul, what badass.

George Quote 2

Luke and Anakin

Robe worn by adult Luke Skywalker next to child costume of the young Anakin Skywalker, the future Darth Vader. Heavy.

Droid Design

The Droids have one small gallery.

C3P0 Sketch
Early Sketch for C-3P0, Which was Modeled on the Robot in Fritz Lang’s Silent Film, Metropolis

Three Droids
C-3PO, BB-8 and R2-D2

Royalty and Beyond

Princess Leia Vs Amidala Pre-Senate
Princess Leia Robe, and Padme Amidala Pre-Senate Robe, Which was Modeled After the Japanese Kimono

Queens Handmaidens
The Entourage!

The Phantom Menace costumes were inspired by the art of the Pre-Raphaelites — 19th Century English painters – who had particular visions of heroines and female beauty. The use of rich color influenced the fashions of Padme’s handmaidens and the citizens of Naboo.

Handmaiden Gown Detail

The Yellow Throne Room Costume (above) included a hood, constructed to extend out and create deep shadows, used to hide the faces of the handmaidens and give them a sense of mystery. This also enabled Padme to travel in disguise as one of the group.

Costumer Quote 1

The elaborate costumes of the first three episodes generally serve to emphasize the point that, once The Empire falls to The Dark Side, fashion goes out the window.

Symbolism and Military Power

Droid and Uniforms

Imperial Navy Uniform
Imperial Navy Uniform
The Stormtrooper

Few costume designs in the history of film are as iconic as the Imperial Stormtroopers. This “Spooky White Space Armour” was inspired by designer Ralph McQuarrie’s knowledge of medieval armor.

Room of Stormtrooper Helmets

This is a mirrored room filled with suspended Stormtrooper Helmets. Very cool and super hard to photograph!

Assorted Light Sabers
Assorted Light Sabers

Senator Amidala, Chancellors Office Gown
Senator Amidala, Chancellor’s Office Gown

Emperor Palpatine
Robe of Emperor Palpatine

There is a deeply fascinating backstory on the de-volution of Senator/Emperor Palpatine that accompanies several of the costumes worn by actor Ian McDiarmid.

Outlaws and Outsiders

Jango and Boba Fett
Costumes of Jango and Boba Fett

Tusken Raider Female and Male Costumes
Tusken Raider Female and Male Costumes

Princess Leia Boushh Bounty Hunter and Slave Bikini
Princess Leia Boushh Bounty Hunter and Slave Bikini

Truth: the famous Leia Slave Bikini looks very jenky up-close. I can’t even imagine how uncomfortable it was to wear (look out for Carrie Fisher’s hilarious quotes to that effect, somewhere in the display narrative).

Chewy and Han Solo
Chewbacca the Wookie, and Han Solo

Padme's Journey

There is no argument that actress Natalie Portman got to wear the best costumes of any character. Padme Amidala’s clothes are simply stunning.

Padme's Outfits

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Padme Tatooine Homestead Dress

Padme Meadow Picnic Dress
Padme Meadow Picnic Dress

Padme Twilight Nightgown
Padme Twilight Nightgown

This the costume Padme is wearing when the audience first sees that she is pregnant with Luke and Leia.

Padme Lake Retreat Arrival Dress
Padme Lake Retreat Arrival Dress

Padme Geonosis Arena Costume and Naboo Starfighter Pilot
Padme Geonosis Arena Costume, and Naboo Starfighter Pilot Costume

Anakin and Padme Wedding Scene
Anakin and Padme Wedding Scene

Padme's Funeral Gown
Padme’s Funeral Gown

Darth Vader

There is no question that Padme Amidala stole Darth Vader’s thunder in the costume department, but as we all know, he got the last laugh.

Darth Vader Costume
Darth Vader Costume

Geoffrey and I visited the exhibition at 6 PM on a Saturday, when attendance was sparse  (read: it’s a good time to go, as the exhibit is open on Saturdays until 9:00 PM).  A highlight of our time there was when we overheard one of the exhibit attendants excitedly tell another attendant that a guest was “on her knees, fully worshiping the Darth Vader Costume.” Hilarious.

Darth Shadows
Darth Shadows– HAHA!

The Force Awakens

The final gallery of the exhibition is dedicated the latest episode in the franchise, The Force Awakens, which I saw over the Christmas holidays, and just loved.

Stormtrooper Costumes
First Order Stormtrooper, First Order Tie Fighter Pilot, First Order Snowtrooper Costumes

Costumes Worn By Finn, Ray and Poe
Costumes Worn By Finn, Ray and Poe

Exit Through The Gift Shop

After having all kinds of crazy fun, it was time to Exit Through the Gift Shop and ogle the vast bounty of Star Wars swag available for purchase!

Boba Time T Shirt
A Little Boba Time T Shirt

I Woke Up Like This
“I Woke Up Like This” Darth Vader T Shirt

If only this shirt had come with long sleeves, they would have made an easy sale.

Backpacks and Lunch Sack
Backpacks and Lunch Sacks For The Kids!

Darth Vader Bobble Head
Darth Vader Bobble Head

Character Cardboard Stand Ups

And for the truly lonely, Actual-Size Cardboard Character Stand Ups!

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Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition at Discovery Times Square Center

Avengers Station Party Invite
All Photos By Gail Except Image Above and Where Noted

Nobody throws a party quite like the Discovery Center in Times Square, but they out did themselves this past Thursday as a crowd of 700 invited guests gathered for the opening night launch of Discovery’s newest state-of-the-art exhibit Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. – which is a must see attraction for Marvel Comics fans.

Shield Bio Lab

It was fun to get a preview of the exhibit in a setting that wasn’t rushed and allowed us space to take decent photos. I’d also like to give a shout out to whoever catered the event, as the food – which included Lobster Brioche, Shrimp Toasts, Mini Big Macs, Chicken Quesadillas and Chocolate Mini Cupcakes (courtesy of Georgetown Cupcake) was also among the best party food I’ve ever had. And now, on to the exhibit!

Hologram

Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) The Exhibition is a completely immersive experience that brings visitors into the world of The AVENGERS. Visitors of all ages are granted S.H.I.E.L.D. access to the official S.T.A.T.I.O.N. headquarters and taken deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Avengers Control Room Stock
Avengers Control Room Image Courtesy of Discovery Times Square

Once inside, visitors have open access to a vast array of intelligence files, classified studies and experiments that explores the history and scientific origins of Marvel’s The Avengers. Visitors will also be given unprecedented access to some of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most highly guarded artifacts such as Captain America’s Birth Pod, the Tesseract Portal Device, Loki’s Scepter, a hermetically sealed Chitauri and more, recovered after the Battle of New York.

Memorabilia Case

NASA, the Science & Entertainment Exchange (a program of the National Academy of Sciences), Neuroverse, and Thwacke are all collaborating on the Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition visitors will get the chance to map out the stars to find Asgard (where Thor lives!), learn to operate Iron Man’s suit, witness the neurological effects of Bruce Banner’s transformation into the Hulk, and physically test themselves against Captain America.

Control Room Screen

Here are some photos of what you will see when you visit Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Movie Prop
Captain America’s Birth Pod

Captain America Shield
Captain America Shield

Captain America Costume
Captain America Costume

Avengers Prop

Avengers Costume
Chitauri Warrior from Loki’s Army

Avengers Loki Props
Loki’s Scepter and Hemet (He is Such a Badass)

Avengers Props

Avengers Props

Avengers Trench Coat Costume
Nick Fury’s Trench Coat

Avengers Costume

Iron Man Costume
Iron Man Suit

Iron Man Room
Iron Man Lab

The is also a gift shop in the basement that is the size of Toys r Us where you can get your Geek on.

Hulk Masks

Avengers Action Figures

Thor Gift Shop

Discovery Times Square is located at 226 W 44th Street (Between 7th and 8th Avenues) New York NY 10036.Visit This Link for more Information, Exhibit Hours and Advance Ticket Sales.

Avengers Station Signage

Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick Comes to Discovery Center Times Square

Nathan Working In Studio2
Nathan Sawaya (Photo By Erica Ann, Image Courtesy of Nathan Sawaya, All Other Photos By Gail Except Where Noted)

In the span of three short years, Lawyer-turned-LEGO® Brick artist Nathan Sawaya has gone from having New York’s first solo exhibition comprised entirely of LEGO bricks to unveiling the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO art, ever. If you need assistance like Nathan, make sure to call these family lawyers. You can also visit Slip And Fall Lawyers Philadelphia for more inforamtion. You can see Sawaya’s massive and mind blowing exhibit, The Art of The Brick, now through January 5th, 2014 at the Discovery Center Museum in Times Square.

Art of the Brick Exhibit Signage

I was lucky to be invited to a cocktail party and preview of the exhibit last week, a couple of days before the show officially opened on June 14th, and it was so nice to have a good amount to time to stroll through this nine gallery exhibit, taking tons of photos and not having to contend with too much of a crowd. What a treat! Here’s little preview of what you’ll see in this exhibit of over 100 LEGO Brick sculptures.

Munch's The Scream
Edvard Munch’s The Scream

The First gallery you’ll enter is called Paint By Bricks, where you’ll see both flat and 3D interpretations of famous artworks such as The Mona Lisa, American Gothic and The Scream. These LEGO ‘Paintings’ represent an entirely new frontier for Sawaya’s work and they are very cool and painstakingly detailed.

Detail from Sistine Chapel Ceiling
Detail from Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring

Venus De Milo

Next, you will move into The Sculpture Garden, where you’ll encounter dozens of unbelievably authentic looking versions famous sculptures including The Venus De Milo and one of the Easter Island head sculptures as well as an extensive variety of African and Indian artifacts, The Sphinx and The Greek Parthenon. There’s also a fun  example of a very famous modern art sculpture seen a few photos below.

Michelangelos David

Easter Island Head
This one is massive!

Marcel Duchamp Fountain
Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain

Sitting Buddha
Sitting Buddha, India

It’s interesting how these LEGO artworks create a type of optical illusion, where, if you look at them and squint a bit, they look remarkably like the originals! Just try it for yourself!

Artists Studio Easle

Up next is The Artist’s Studio.

LEGO Peace Sign by Nathan Sawaya
LEGO Peace Sign

Swimmer in LEGO
Swimmer

In the Metamorphosis gallery, I noticed several sculptures that I had seen previously at Sawaya’s exhibits at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea. They were nevertheless transformed by being placed in this alternate setting, as is the case with Swimmer, above.

Nathan Sawaya Self Portrait
Self Portrait (Photo By Erica Ann, Image Courtesy of Nathan Sawaya)

Nathan Sawaya Yellow
Yellow (Photo By Erica Ann, Image Courtesy of Nathan Sawaya)

The piece above, showing a man ripping open his torso to reveal LEGO Brick organs, is perhaps Sawaya’s best known and most iconic sculpture.

Sawaya Human Condition

The Human Condition is a fun gallery. I had seen a few of these pieces in previous exhibits as well.

Crowd Eye

You can only see that this “crowd” of tiny figures incorporates the image of human eye if you squat down to view it at eye level. Clever!

Nathan Sawaya Human Condition

Lego Skulls

The mood, literally, turns a bit darker and more existential in a gallery called Through the Darkness.

LEGO Acrobat

It wasn’t easy to get good shots in this room due the darkness and the fact that a flash ruins the effect of the dim lighting on the sculptures. Small kids might be a little scared in this room if they afraid of the dark, so be sure to hold their hands.

LEGO Dinosaur

Long, Long Ago has just one sculpture, a room-length Dinosaur skeleton! Kids will love it!

LEGO Brick Liberty

City of Dreams pays homage to Nathan’s adopted hometown of New York City. Everyone seemed to want to pose for photos in this exhibit’s penultimate gallery.

I Art New York

LEGO Santa Face

In the final gallery of the exhibit, It Starts with One Brick, you’ll see contributed works from kids and local artists as well as a few additional LEGO portraits by Nathan.

LEGO Swans

LEGO Swans

LEGO Portrait of Andy Warhol

LEGO Portrait of Andy Warhol

LEGO Hand

Finally, a giant LEGO hand holds individual Yellow LEGO Brick which visitors can write their names on in order to be an official participant the exhibit!

Gail Worley LEGO Brick

Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick runs until January 5th of next year, so you have six entire months to see it, but tickets are selling out so don’t wait too long to schedule your visit! It is a fun time for the entire family and despite the size of the exhibit you can walk it leisurely in an hour.

Ticket prices are: $20.50 for Adults, $17.50 for Seniors 65+ and $15.50 for Children (4-12 yrs). Visit Discovery TSX Dot Com to purchase timed entry tickets and for more information. Discovery Times Square is located at 226 W 44th Street (Between 7th and 8th Avenues), New York, NY 10036. Exhibit Hours Are:
Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Final Entry to the Exhibit is 1 Hour Prior To Closing.