Approaching movies as an active viewing experience, staff in the Cinema Arts Program view the projection screen as a portal to investigation. We engage with filmmakers who create works that inspire the imagination and instigate conversation. Animation, documentary, poetic observations, and abstract visuals serve a broad spectrum of curious audiences while blending the methods and aesthetics of artists and scientists. Through our programming, we aim to provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the compelling people, places, and ideas that extend through the museum and beyond. Our collection of films and events offer a rich resource for public audiences, and also provide an important research collection for both our teaching programs and exhibit development teams.
The Cinema Arts Program is active on select Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons; it also collaborates with our galleries and with community partners year round. Read more about the cinema arts and other arts program staff.
Saturday, August 13, 2016 • 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.
Explore the poetry of mechanical motion with a series of cinematic portraits capturing the inner workings of various automated machines, from industrial glass bottle-makers to whimsical kinetic sculptures.
We’re taking the movies outdoors. This shorts program, inspired by Theo Jansen’s work, features a imaginative creatures and inventions that embody a larger-than-life attitude. Join us for cartoonish destruction, mechanical mayhem, and absurd inventions that are too big for the building.
The Sea Ranch Songs is a lush contemporary composition by composer Aleksandra Vrebalov performed by Kronos Quartet that features documented sounds from the coastal community, coupled with an evocative cinematic exploration by videographer Andrew Lyndon.