Works on View: Artworks & Exhibits
View the artworks and exhibits on display on the Exploratorium website. For 40-plus years, we’ve offered creative, thought-provoking exhibits, experiences, tools, and projects that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.
Documenting the improbable collisions
between classical figuration and contemporary abstraction, Strata #4 aims to create a harmonious dialogue between worlds that
may appear very distant from one another, but in fact have much in common.
In the Black Box from 11/13/2014 to 01/04/2015
Robert Larue (Bob) Miller, 1969
Sun Painting is an art piece creating a beautiful display of refracted and reflected sunlight.
In the Central Gallery
Robert Larue (Bob) Miller, 1976
Aurora shows how reflections are created both by the shape of the light and the shape of the reflector.
In the Central Gallery
Paul Ramirez Jonas, 2015
The most current (2014) installation in the Over the Series piece is We Make the Treasure, which invites exploration of the value of objects lost and recovered, above and below the water line. We Make the Treasure was curated by the Exploratorium’s Center for Art & Inquiry in collaboration with our Studio for Public Space. Nato Thompson, chief curator of Creative Time, in New York, served as advising curator.
In the Plaza from 06/18/2014 to 01/30/2015
Sensor handles beneath a towering array of lightbulbs detect a visitor’s heartbeat and the lowest bulb flashes to its rhythm. As new recordings are added, old ones move up the spiral. Over time, the internal rhythms of hundreds of users are displayed. The lightbulbs are arranged in a spiral paraboloid according to Fermat's equation; an extraordinary spatial distribution found in nature.
In the East Gallery from 05/14/2014 to 08/13/2014
The Exploratorium is pleased to announce a newly commissioned work by Danish artist Jeppe Hein. Hein’s looping Long Modified Bench San Francisco animates the public promenade of the Embarcadero, one of San Francisco’s busiest pedestrian walkways.
In the Plaza from 10/17/2013 to 04/19/2014
From simple wooden gears to metal flip type, glow discharge tubes, and iPads, Your Turn Counts actually counts the turns of a handle in increasingly modern technology as the orders of magnitude grow. A playful experiment in participation and patience.
In the Tinkering Studio - South Gallery
Daily cycles of the city are projected onto a miniature topographic map of San Francisco.
In the Bay Observatory Gallery
Sweeper's Clock is a 12-hour-long movie in which two performers replicate an analog clock by sweeping two piles of garbage (one for the hour hand, one for the minute hand) to indicate the time.
In the Connector Gallery
Scrapple is an audiovisual installation in which everyday objects placed on a table are interpreted as sound-producing marks in an "active score."
In the Atrium and Crossroads