From ‘Jurassic Park’ to ‘Avatar’: An inside look at the exhibition dedicated to Rick Carter’s iconic film designs 

From ‘Jurassic Park’ to ‘Avatar’: An inside look at the exhibition dedicated to Rick Carter’s iconic film designs | Soho House

The production designer takes us through a handpicked selection of props, drawings and more from some the most famous films ever to hit the silver screen

Tuesday 13 September 2022 by Soho House Video by Danner Gardner and Roman Cortez

With credits such as Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Avatar, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars on his filmography, Rick Carter has earned his reputation – not to mention picked up several Oscars – as a truly legendary production designer. His distinct aesthetic is ingrained into the collective consciousness and has helped shape film history. 

That history has brought to life in an exciting new way at TIME. The exhibition dedicated to Carter and his work is currently on display at self-styled art laboratory ESMoA, in El Segundo, California, and enables visitors to get up close and personal to imagery, collages, and props from many of the iconic films on which Carter led the design. 

TIME offers a fascinating insight into how these ideas were initially conceived – and how they evolved into the iconic visuals we all know today. It also features additional work from eight artists, all focused around the notion of ‘time’ which, as the exhibition title of the suggests, is a key theme for Carter – both within specific film designs films, and with regard to his illustrious decades-long career. 

Above is a sneak peak of the exhibit, led by Carter himself. On Friday, Carter heads to Soho House West Hollywood for a conversation about his career and how his work has evolved into creating the TIME Exhibit at the ESMoA Museum. To attend the event, click here.

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