40 Years of Alien: 40th-Anniversary Exhibit and Film Screenings at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex

Celebrating 40 years of Alien at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. All photos by Paul Koudounaris.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative and organized by the USC School of Cinematic Arts, an exclusive exhibit celebrating 40 years of Alien will be on display at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex until Sunday, May 12, 2019. This groundbreaking film franchise started in 1979, bringing into it the talents of Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver and Swiss artist H.R. Giger. Alien was Based on a screenplay written by USC Cinematic Arts graduate Dan O’Bannon, who also developed the characters.

There have been six Alien films in total, including two prequels. The display at USC includes elements from all of the films, The most exciting part for many of us Sci-Fi fans is the original concept artwork of artist H.R. Giger, whose work seamlessly melds the biological with the machine, creating biomechanics that are simultaneously terrifying and gorgeous. Giger, won a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on Alien. The exhibit also includes storyboards, production design blueprints, international poster art, models, costumes, ephemera, merchandise, and fan art. Some of the props on display are realistic to the point of being disturbing, like the early gestational period face huggers of orders Hemiptera and Neuropteran of class Insecta, who look like they are going to come scuttling straight at you at any moment.

More information and photos after the break.

40 Years of Alien: 40th-Anniversary Exhibit and Film Screenings through Sunday, May 12, 2019, at The Hugh M. Hefner Exhibition Hall, George Lucas Building Lobby. Admission is free. A series of screenings and filmmaker discussions will be scheduled to complement the exhibit. Dates are still being worked out with the talent, so they are not yet available. If you would like updates about the screenings, please e-mail “Subscribe” to  aago@cinema.usc.edu to join their mailing list.

USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex is located at 900 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Please check the website for updates.

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