For Immediate Release:
October 12, 2012
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Cinematic Farewell to the Palace - December 2, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
12 noon, 2 and 4pm
The Exploratorium's Cinema Arts bids farewell to its Exploratorium home of over 40 years on Sunday, December 2, with a selection of films from our archives and beyond, showcasing the Palace of Fine Arts.
The program is as follows:
The Innocent Fair (1961, 30 min.) documents the Panama-Pacific International Exposition for which the Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915. Narrated by philanthropist Walter Johnson, this black and white film captures not only the celebratory spirit of the time, but also some of the technological wonders of the early 20th century. Almost lost, Lee Mendelson found a cache of 1915 Nitrate films in a Tiburon antique store, and in 1961 aired this documentary on KPIX. The film is credited with inspiring the rescue of San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, which by 1961 was slated for the wrecking ball.
Daredevil Cyclists (1916, 1 min, 16mm) This Pathe Newsreel shows two bicycle riders racing in loops atop the dome of the Palace of Fine Arts.
Larks Tongue in Aspic (2011, 3 min, 16mm) by David Shushan is an experimental portrait of the iconic dome and lagoon at the Palace of Fine Arts. Static frames are woven together over time to complete the picture of a space in temporal disagreement.
Swing Movie (ca. 1980–82, 6 min, video) is a home movie originally made on super-8mm film by Cinema Arts Director Liz Keim. It captures the daredevil spirit of the staff as they swing across the museum after hours.
Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$25 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions.
About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367