After Dark: See for Yourself

Thursday, July 14, 2022 • 6:00–10:00 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 Exploratorium is your playground after dark! Wander the galleries, sip a cocktail, and let a DJ from Hip Hop for Change set the vibe. Tonight, experience a conversation about creativity with two remarkable creatives. Artist Lia Halloran and writer Maria Popova will dive into big ideas and share their enthusiasm for the interplay between art and science. Continue expanding your perspective and check out Halloran’s immersive three-screen video installation Double Horizon in the Black Box.


Expanding Views: Lia Halloran in Conversation with Maria Popova
7:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Please note: Capacity is limited and first come, first served. Overflow viewing in Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Studio, and Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6.

Join us for a soaring conversation between writer Maria Popova and interdisciplinary artist Lia Halloran, presented in celebration of Double Horizon, Halloran’s current installation at the Exploratorium. With an eye to this work, they will explore broader questions about creativity and the role of art as a lens on reality—all animated by their shared passion for science.

Double Horizon is on view at the Black Box in Osher Gallery 1 now through August 7.

Maria Popova thinks and writes about science and art, poetry and philosophy, children’s books and our search for meaning—about what it means to live a life of purpose and gladness, wonder-smitten by reality. She is the creator of The Marginalian (born in 2006 under the outgrown name Brain Pickings), which is included in the Library of Congress permanent digital archive of culturally valuable materials; the author of a very thick, very yellow book titled Figuring and a very slender, very colorful book titled The Snail with the Right Heart; and the maker of The Universe in Verse, a charitable celebration of the wonder of reality through stories of science winged with poetry.

Lia Halloran is an artist who often incorporates science and nature to create projects that draw from scientific materials, historical influences, and identities. She has participated in a wide range of interdisciplinary collaborations with scientists and architects including an upcoming book with Nobel Laureate Kip Thorne about the “warped side of the universe.” She developed a deep love of science at her first high school job, doing cow eye dissections and laser demonstrations as an Exploratorium Explainer. Halloran is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, and is an Associate Professor at Chapman University, teaching courses that explore the intersection of art and science.


DJ Knowpa Slaps 
From Hip Hop for Change

6:30–7:45 and 8:15–9:30 p.m.
Moore Gallery 4

Get ready to dance your way through the night as DJ Knowpa Slaps from Hip Hop for Change sets the vibe and keeps the party moving! 

Hip Hop for Change is an Oakland-based nonprofit that uses grassroots activism to educate people about socioeconomic injustices and advocate solutions through hip-hop culture.


Cash Bar
6:00–9:30 p.m. 
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

Food and drinks will be available to purchase and enjoy in our Seaglass Restaurant 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.