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Special Screening of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
3:00pm to 5:00pm
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pickering Auditorium, JPL

What do the Chrysler Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the film Destination Moon, and America's space program all have in common? They were each touched by the creative vision of a forgotten artist and architect named Chesley Bonestell (1888–1986). Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future is the first documentary to focus on the amazing life and works of the "father of space art." Bonestell's paintings of worlds beyond our own helped prepare the popular imagination for America's space program. On the eve of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, it could be said that Bonestell helped America get to the Moon—not with technology, but with a paintbrush!

Following the screening of the documentary, there will be a discussion with the award-winning creator of the film, Douglass M. Stewart Jr., as well as Rob Manning (JPL Chief Engineer), Joby Harris (JPL Visual Strategist), and others.

This event is free. All members of the Campus and JPL communities and retirees are welcome. Because of security requirements, individuals without JPL badges must have a Laboratory employee or resident affiliate submit a visitor request and be their escort. U.S.-person visitor requests must be submitted at least three working days before the event. Foreign-person visitor requests related to non-designated countries must be submitted at least three working days before the event, and requests related to designated countries must be submitted at least 21 days before the event.

If you are at Campus and don't have badged access to JPL, please provide information at the following link: If you have questions about JPL access, contact Athena Castro at (626) 395-6163 or [email protected]. For event information, contact Randii Wessen at (818) 354-7580 or [email protected].

This event is presented by the Caltech Management Association (CMA). Membership in CMA helps bring great speakers and events to Caltech campus and JPL and is open to all active and retired employees of Caltech, and to contract employees as affiliate members. See for more information about the organization.

For more information, please contact Athena Castro by phone at (626) 395-6163 or by email at [email protected]..