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.
Observe and play in the glow of light, both natural and human-made. In this day-long festival, the transformative power of light and the human power of observation will be investigated through immersive artworks and hands-on activities.
Join artists Tristan Duke and Richard Tuohy for a conversation and film screenings. Get a deeper understanding of how caffeine affects the human nervous system and shapes behavior. And watch sewing artist PNosa embroider your ideas on fabric.
Step into an otherworldly portal and envelop yourself in distorted light and perpetually morphing visuals. Watch the walls melt away as the barrier between the material and virtual realms blur into infinity.
Join a live stream with NASA/JPL scientists to learn about the InSight Lander's mission to Mars. Also, enjoy a screening and conversation with pioneering video artist Steve Beck about his work, vision, and the convergence of art and technology.
Join us for an exclusive preview screening from National Geographic's new series One Strange Rock from award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and explore the versatility of nickel and watch a nickel electroplating demonstration.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 • 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.
This exquisitely rendered painted scroll will unroll complete with live Foley effects and narration, imparting the thrills and dangers undertaken on a seaboard trip around South America to reach Gold Rush–era California.
Contemplate cinema’s continuum at After Dark. Traverse a timeline of motion-picture technology, from the earliest hand-drawn, hand-cranked experiments to cutting-edge experiences that aim—again—to redefine what cinema may be.
Learn about life-saving, cutting-edge allergy research at Pairings: Peanuts and watch gripping short films at Cinema Arts: Labor of Love. Plus, hear The Humidors' eight-piece band stir up an infectious, polyrhythmic stew.
In this Prepared Projection Performance from artists Sandra Gibson + Luis Recoder, a reprojection and reframing of McCall’s work will be explored through projecting two prints of Line Describing a Cone in a cinematic experiment.