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$15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members; $10 Add-On Ticket for the Tactile Dome Available for Purchase Onsite
Adults Only (18+)
Note: Dress warmly in case of a cool evening breeze.
Though they display nicely indoors, Theo Jansen’s strandbeests are best suited for the open air and long stretches of beach. To follow suit, we are taking the movie screen outdoors. This short film program, inspired by Jansen’s big ideas, features a host of imaginative creatures and inventions that embody a larger-than-life attitude. Join us in the North Gallery for a fun evening of cartoonish destruction, mechanical mayhem, and absurd inventions that are too big for the building.
Gizmo (1977, 77 min., excerpt) by Howard Smith. Archival footage of absurd inventions where ambition far exceeds the inventor’s reach.
Out of Hand (2015, 2 min.) by Marty Cooper. An artist loses control of his creation as it escapes and attacks municipal landmarks.
Beam Drop (1984, 6 min.) by Micahel Rudnick. A quick-fire documentation of Chris Burden’s large-scale performance/installation.
Muto (2008, 8 min.) by Blu. Graffiti painted on public walls in Buenos Aires and Baden is thoughtfully integrated into its architectural environment, coming to life in this inventive animated film.
A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief (1988, 13 min.) by Jon Reiss. Living in a fictional world all their own, Survival Research Laboratories’ machines act out scenarios of perpetual torment and exasperating consumption.
This program is presented in conjunction with Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen, a temporary exhibition running Friday, May 27 through Monday, September 5, 2016.
Photos © Lena Herzog
Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Audemars Piguet provided generous support as the tour's National Sponsor. This exhibition is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. ABC7 is the local media sponsor with additional support from SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Bernard and Barbro Osher West Gallery
Take an excursion through total darkness in our Tactile Dome. Crawl, slide, and bump your way through the pitch-dark Dome using your sense of touch as your only guide through its chambers and mazes.
Please Note: Due to the nature of this experience, certain restrictions apply. Guests who are afraid of the dark; claustrophobic; have back, neck, or knee injuries; or are in their third trimester of pregnancy should not participate. Guests wearing casts are prohibited. Also, please wear comfortable clothes.
Learn more about the Tactile Dome.