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Contemporary artists reimagine the aesthetics of science fiction, amplifying the visual imagery of posters created beyond the confines of Western cinema and storytelling.

See these posters and more, along with new works by Chitra Ganesh, in the Rubin Museum’s exhibition Chitra Ganesh: Face of the Future through November 4, 2018.

Maia Cruz Palileo (b. 1979, Chicago, IL); Aswang, 2017; ink, graphite, gouache, and oil on paper; 41 x 29 in.; courtesy of the artist
Anuj Shrestha (b. 1977, Kathmandu, Nepal); This Carceral Earth, 2017; digital print; 41 x 29 in.; courtesy of the artist
Sahana Ramakrishnan (b. 1993, Mumbai, India); Beast of Three Nations, 2017; digital print; 41 x 29 in.; courtesy of the artist
Tuesday Smillie (b. 1981, Boston, MA); The Seeds of a Natural Disorder, 2017; giclée print; 41 x 29 in.; courtesy of the artist
Tammy Nguyen (b. 1984, San Francisco, CA); Atlas Holds the World, 2017; watercolor, collage, pastel, and colored pencil on paper; 41 x 29 in.; courtesy of the artist

About the Artists

Maia Cruz Palileo is a Brooklyn-based artist influenced by her family’s oral histories. She is a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Program Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, NYFA Painting Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund Award.

Tammy Nguyen is a multimedia artist working with geopolitics, science, and lesser-known histories. She has a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. Nguyen was a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam and an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space program, and she is an Asia Delegate for the Carnegie Council. In 2016 Nguyen founded Passenger Pigeon Press.

Sahana Ramakrishnan was born in Mumbai and raised in Singapore. She completed her BFA in painting at RISD and now lives in Brooklyn. Her work mixes pop cultural references with Hindu, Buddhist, and Greek visual mythologies and has been exhibited at the Rubin Museum, the NARS Foundation, Field Projects, Gateway Project Spaces, Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts, A.I.R. Gallery, Front Art Space, and more.

Anuj Shrestha is a Nepali-American cartoonist and illustrator. His comics have been listed in several editions of The Best American Comics anthology. His illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Playboy, and Wired, among others. He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.

Tuesday Smillie is a visual artist in New York. Her work has been featured in Artforum, New York, ARTNews, and VISION Magazine and exhibited at the New Museum, Rubin Museum, Artist Space Books, and Judson Church, with forthcoming solo exhibitions at the Rose Art Museum and Participant Inc. Smillie was inaugurated as the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art’s first resident artist. She is an Art Matters grantee.