After Dark: Iron, Mechanical Paper Contraptions, and The Florestine Collect

Event has passed (Thu Jan 18, 2018 - Thu Jan 18, 2018)
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$14.95 - $19.95


After Dark: Iron, Mechanical Paper Contraptions, and The Florestine Collection.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 * 6:00-10:00 p.m.

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Free for After Dark Members
Adults Only (18+)

Note: The Tactile Dome and some programs have limited capacity and are available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs.

Everything Matters: Iron
8:00 p.m.
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Earth's most common element by mass, iron has been employed since antiquity to create tools, weapons, and works of art. Join master blacksmith James Austin to explore iron’s historical importance and amazing metallurgical properties-as well as the air of mystery surrounding the blacksmithing trade.

Mechanical Paper Contraptions
With Noga Elhassid
6:30-9:30 p.m.
South Gallery, Tinkering Studio

Create mechanical sculptures from everyday materials with Exploratorium Artist-in-Residence Noga Elhassid. Play with paper, staples, skewer sticks, and tape to make an abstract miniature machine, or add narrative elements to depict a whimsical, moving scene.

Cinema Arts: The Florestine Collection
7:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

Marvel in the mechanical wonder of the 16mm projector in this rare screening of The Florestine Collection, an irresistibly charming and deeply moving documentary recounting a story of love and loss in the colorful city of New Orleans. Using analog technology and handmade techniques, this film celebrates many of the themes of our temporary exhibition Curious Contraptions. It highlights devotion to simple mechanisms and creative reuse of found materials in crafting stories. Ultimately offering guidance on mending a broken heart and finding surprising resilience in spite of the disastrous machinations of fate.

Category: Arts | Visual Arts | Museum.

Arts | Visual Arts.

Price Details:
Tickets at the door: USD 19.95,
After Dark: USD 17.95,
General Daytime members: USD 14.95.


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