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July at the Exploratorium: Market Days, film programs, interactive art

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June 15, 2014

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July at the Exploratorium: Market Days, film programs, interactive art

The following information is for events at the Exploratorium in July 2014. For updates visit our calendar page at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar, new events are added frequently. Unless otherwise noted, all events are included with museum admission. Images are available upon request.


On July 3 the Exploratorium celebrates the undiscovered secrets of the City by the Bay at After Dark: San Francisco

We Make the Treasure by Paul Ramírez Jonas
Ongoing through January 2015; located in free, public space at Pier 15
Explore the value of objects lost and recovered, above and below the water line, at We Make the Treasure, the second installment in our Over the Water series of large-scale commissioned artworks. By traversing layers of present-day experience and forgotten history, we invite you to investigate the visible and invisible forces that make something a treasure. Read more

Pulse Spiral by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Ongoing. Thursdays, 6:00–10:00 p.m. through August 14, 2014
Explore Pulse Spiral, an interactive installation that makes heartbeats dazzlingly visceral. Read more.  

After Dark: San Francisco
Thursday, July 3, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Experience life After Dark, an evening series exclusively for adults that mixes cocktails, conversation, and playful, innovative science and art events. Read more

Exploratorium Open Independence Day Break
Monday, July 7, 2014 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m
The Exploratorium will be open on Monday, July 7, 2014. Read more

Iron Science Teacher
Friday, July 11, Friday, July 18 and Friday, July 25 • Noon
Cheer on the competitors in this zany science cook-off where science teachers compete before a live Exploratorium audience for the sought-after title Iron Science Teacher. Inspired by the cult Japanese TV program Iron Chef, the competition showcases teachers as they use everyday ingredients—such as plastic bags, milk cartons, or nails—to devise compelling classroom activities.

Saturday Cinema: One Click at a Time
Saturday, July 12, 2014 • 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
It’s an animation celebration! Through piecing together thousands of carefully captured images, the illusion of motion is created, bent, stretched, and teased - capturing the essence of filmmaking. A sense of play, and the maker-spirit are on view in this collection of handcrafted animations that feature paper made sets, inventive uses of familiar objects, and mind-boggling pattern dances. Features Dot (Sumo Science, 2012) and Little Boat (Nelson Boles, 2011).

Off the Screen: Madison Brookshire - Selected Works
Thursday, July 17, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles based film artist Madison Brookshire presents an extended program of his cinematic works, concluding with his complex camera-less productions Color Series. Experimenting with the tactile elements of the cinematic experience, Brookshire’s films often feature light play that, while seemingly simple, produces complex, unexpected physical reactions through play with framing and duration. Structured as a two-part program, the first half features three shorter works from Brookshire’s catalog - Veils, Passage, and Five Lines. Following a short Q&A session, Brookshire will introduce his complex Color Series. 

Market Days: Patent Pending
Saturday, July 19, 2014 • 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Join us for a free open-air mini-festival that brings together museum and community scientists, artists, and educators and features curated art and science demos, hands-on activities, exhibits, and craft displays. Read more.  

Saturday Cinema: Seeing Sounds
Saturday, July 19, 2014 • 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Indulge in a short synesthtic experience at this weeks Saturday Cinema. Translating sound into responsive and harmonized imagery, visual music deepens the filmgoers’ sensory experience triggering deepened creative pathways. This collection features great experiments in animation, direct cinema, and light shows each crafted with particular attention given to their innovative and memorable soundtracks. Features: Daybreak Express (DA Pennebaker, 1953) and Free Radicals (Len Lye, 1958).

Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: The Universe
Thursday, July 24, 2014 • 8:00 p.m.
We tend to think of “home” as the building in which we live, or the town or city where we reside. Voyage to the edge of the known universe, and gain some perspective on the tiny planet we call home. See some of the amazing ways the universe is structured, and learn how it’s evolved. Please note that Thursday evening programs are for adults ages 18 and up. Read more

Saturday Cinema: Serious Fun
Saturday, July 26, 2014 • 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Join Cinema Arts for this playful film program celebrating the gravity of diversion. Featuring mischief, tomfoolery and whimsy, each of these cinematic spectacles imprints an artististic glimpse into the valuable act of clowning around. From the universally hilarious reaction people have to very sour candy, to a film where the audience attempts to create the soundtrack resulting in cacophonous meyhem, these works ignite a spirit of curiosity and encourage a deeper interaction with our natural impulse to just fool around. Features Sour Death Balls (Jessica Yu) and Rad Plaid (Jodie Mack).

Full-Spectrum Science with Ron Hipschman: The Universe
Sunday, July 27, 2014 • 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
We tend to think of “home” as the building in which we live, or the town or city where we reside. Voyage to the edge of the known universe, and gain some perspective on the tiny planet we call home. See some of the amazing ways the universe is structured, and learn how it’s evolved. Read more.  


Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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