After Dark: Motion Pictures

Thursday, December 16, 2021 • 6:00 p.m. PT

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Adults Only (18+)

Note: Free for members and donors—only a membership card and ID required for entry. The Tactile Dome is currently closed.

The warm glow of the projected image invites us to in-between worlds where imagination can roam and new perspectives on the world around us may emerge. Tonight, we celebrate visual storytelling—and the light that makes it possible. From early photographic experiments that led to the development of motion picture technologies to inventors that tested the potential of lasers for immersing viewers in a cinematic landscape, we invite you to bask in the glow of a few of the many forms cinema can take.

Just for tonight:

DJ D-Sharp
From Hip Hop for Change
6:30–7:45 and 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

D Sharp bleeds a vast array of musical genres with a fluidity and fluency that is unrivaled. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies, foreign dignitaries, and the hottest venues in the world. D-Sharp is currently the official DJ of the Golden State Warriors. 

Scratch Animation Workshop
With Antonella Bonfanti and Adrianne Finelli
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Become a maverick of 16mm direct animation at this hands-on workshop. We’ll provide a 16mm film loop and all the tools you need to create a five-second animated film. From painting on the celluloid to scratching at the emulsion, you can let your creativity take over—and learn a little about the analog filmmaking process along the way. See your creations projected immediately and take your tiny motion picture home with you.

Neon-Bending Demos
With Meryl Pataky and Ames Palms
7:30, 8:30,  and 9:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Neon signs serve as beautiful, glowing beacons that activate our city streets. Did you know that every single one is made by hand? Join artist Meryl Pataky at this neon-bending demo, where she’ll share the steps of the process and the unique tools used in neon-bending. She’ll be accompanied by Ames Palms, who will show neon bending in action!

Cinema Arts:  Re-Action!
With Liz Keim
8:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Artists manipulate light, shadow, time, and images to re-ignite the ways in which we see both our local landscapes and the long arc of Hollywood storytelling. Come check out these short films that reframe our relationship to cinema viewing.

Lasers and Art
With Ron Hipschman
8:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

In 1960, the laser was known as “a solution looking for a problem.” Now we can hardly imagine life without them. While lasers have been implemented in many essential scientific capacities, they have also been a source of great inspiration for artists and artworks. Tonight, join Ron Hipschman to learn what’s special about laser light and how it’s made, and hear about some fantastic creative endeavors made with lasers. Ever heard of Laserium? Ron was a "Laserist", or laser artist, who performed that show for 20 years in San Francisco and has many a tale to tell.


Food and drinks will be available to purchase in our Seaglass Restaurant and at the outdoor bar in Gallery 5 to enjoy in those designated spaces during After Dark. Please note that there is no drinking or eating allowed elsewhere in the museum at this time.

Curious about what to expect during your visit? Check out our current safety protocols and guidelines.