‘Cat People of the Outer Regions’ opens at Mesa Historical Museum

A graphic for the exhibition.

A graphic for the exhibition.

The Mesa Historical Museum is presenting the never-before-seen science fiction art of Karen Kuykendall. The exhibition, “Strange Collections: Cat People of the Outer Regions,” is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at the Mesa Historical Museum’s downtown campus at 51 E. Main St. in Mesa.

Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children. For more information, go to www.valleyhistoryinc.com or call 480-835-2286.

In the exhibition, the Mesa Historical Museum takes a look at a unique collection of art and artifacts and asks: How do the things we make end up in museums? Who determines what is kept and seen? What is art?

In this whimsical and imaginative collection of aliens and cats from Ms. Kuykendall’s Outer Regions storyline, the museum explores the idea of science fiction as art, how the expression of science fiction through art has been historically interpreted and the changing value of science fiction art in modern society.

In addition to the exhibition, the museum is offering the following special family programs: During the dates and times listed below, make a cat creation inspired by the exhibition. Programs are on a drop-in basis and are included in the price of admission.

•11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 18: paper bag cat puppets
•11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29, creative cat masks
•11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19: bedazzled cats
•11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 10, colorful cat ornaments

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