Off the Screen: The Films of Mike Henderson

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum


Note: This program takes place outside of regular visiting hours and does not include access to the museum floor.

Co-presented with the Haines Gallery, Museum of the African Diaspora, and San Francisco Cinematheque.

In conjunction with the exhibition Mike Henderson: Traces of Places, Haines Gallery has partnered with the Exploratorium, Museum of the African Diaspora, and San Francisco Cinematheque to co-present The Films of Mike Henderson, a screening of the artist's award-winning experimental films from the 1970s and ’80s—several of which were recently preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

The screening will be immediately followed by a performance by the Mike Henderson Blues Band.

All prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and Mike Henderson. 

Mike Henderson completed his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and retired from the University of California at Davis in 2013, where he served as a professor in the Art Department since 1970. He was a featured artist in the Museum of the African Diaspora 2012 exhibition Choose Paint, Choose Abstraction. Also an accomplished blues musician, Henderson plays professionally at local and international venues. Traces of Places is on view at the Haines Gallery through July 3, 2014.


  • Dufus* (1970/73, 7 min.)
  • Down Hear* (1972, 12 min.)
  • King David  (with Robert Nelson, 1970/2003, 7.5 min.)

Program curated by Mark Toscano with Mike Henderson and presented by Exploratorium Cinema Arts. 

*Restored by Academy Film Archive.