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After Dark: In With the New

Thursday, January 1, 2015 • 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Exploratorium, Pier 15

$15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members

Adults Only (18+)

Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.


The essence of exploration begins with what is new and yet to be known. Join us to celebrate a New Year, a bevy of new exhibits, and tasty treats!

Everything old under the sun is new again when you begin your visit with an otherworldly encounter with Metamorphosis, a 1:1000 scale model of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, designed by Jason Klimoski and developed and fabricated by David Delgado and Dan Goods. Then enter strange realms when you generate mesmerizing fractals with Nathan Kandus’ Between Dimensions. See—and be seen by—Joerg Student’s Blumen Lumen, an illuminated flower that responds to your presence with a blooming display. For Strata #4, Quayola delved into iconic paintings to examine composition, color, and proportion—and created contemporary abstract images based on these universal rules of beauty and perfection. 

Let the Explainers usher you into new experiences. Take a floor walk and challenge your perceptions of time, learn some new magic tricks, deepen your understanding as familiar objects are dissected right before you, then push your perception exploring the world through goofy and upside down goggles. Tick, tock, the swing of the pendulum will reveal the laws of physics and create art you can take home.

We’ll screen special film programs and gems from our vintage 16mm collection and from recently acquired works featuring eye-catching abstractions designed to inspire a new vision for the New Year. Films include Paul Clipson’s abstract 16mm film study Light Year,  animation visionary Norman McLaren’s Fiddle Dee Dee, and animator Max Hattler’s Sync, based on the idea that an underlying unchanging synchronization rules all time, all physics, all life.

Explore some of our newest exhibits including Watch Water Freeze, Light Lab, and Spark Chamber. Investigate competition, cooperation, and social interaction with Trust Fountain, Freeloader, and Text Fish, part of our new Science of Sharing exhibition.

SeaGlass Restaurant will add to the flavor of the festivities with various foods and beverages thought of as lucky for the New Year, including Hoppin’ John, collard greens, corn bread, and "lucky BBQ pork."

SCHEDULE

Artworks:

Metamorphosis
By David Delgado, Dan Goods, and Jason Klimoski
6:00–10:00 p.m.
The Plaza

Between Dimensions
By Nathan Kandus
6:00–10:00 p.m.
West Gallery

Blumen Lumen
By Joerg Student
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Central Gallery

Demos:

Time Keeps on Tickin’
With the Explainers
7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m.
Central Gallery

Cow Eye Dissection
With the Explainers
6:00, 7:00, and 9:00 p.m.
East Gallery

Flower Dissection
With the Explainers
6:30, 7:30, and 9:30 p.m.
East Gallery

Heart Dissection
With the Explainers
8:00 p.m.
East Gallery

Carnivorous Plant Dissection
With the Explainers
8:30 p.m.
East Gallery

Goofy Goggles and Upside Down Goggles
With the Explainers
6:00–9:30 p.m.
Roaming throughout the museum

Drawing Board
With the Explainers
6:00–10:00 p.m.
West Gallery

Magic Tricks
With the Explainers

6:00–10:00 p.m.
West Gallery

Films:

Out With the Old
7:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

In With the New
8:30 p.m.
Kanbar Forum

Sync
6:00–10:00 p.m. (looping)
Mind Cinema