Approaching movies as an active viewing experience, staff in the Cinema Arts Program view the projection screen as a portal to investigation. We engage with filmmakers who create works that inspire the imagination and instigate conversation. Animation, documentary, poetic observations, and abstract visuals serve a broad spectrum of curious audiences while blending the methods and aesthetics of artists and scientists. Through our programming, we aim to provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the compelling people, places, and ideas that extend through the museum and beyond. Our collection of films and events offer a rich resource for public audiences, and also provide an important research collection for both our teaching programs and exhibit development teams.
The Cinema Arts Program is active on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons; it also collaborates with our galleries and with community partners year round. Read more about the cinema arts and other arts program staff.
Join archivist Dino Everett to explore 28mm and 3mm films. Discover the fascinating histories behind these formats, and enjoy the rare sight of 28mm and 3mm films projected from vintage cameras onto the big screen.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 • 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.
Celebrate Pi Day (3.14.15) with a gathering of films invoking the infinite beauty of circles and spheres. From intricate computer animations to hand-drawn delights, these artworks give pride of place to pi.
Saturday, March 28, 2015 • 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of pedagogical fun and games. Drawing from the genre of educational and instructional cinema, this playful program features films demonstrating that humor can be the best way to arrive at complex ideas.
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