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Da Vinci: The Genius Events

Read about the exciting events coming up in honor of the new Da Vinci traveling exhibition!

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April 25, 2018 - 6:30pm

Listen to local experts and join the discussion on the connections between today’s science and technology compared to science and technology during Leonardo's time. Participants, including scientists, engineers, designers, and educators, will discuss the intersection of science and technology in their own work.

Moderator Dr. Joseph Galewsky (UNM); Panelists Joseph Aragon (Acoma Pueblo), Dr. Larry Crumpler (NMMNHS/NASA), Miriam Langer (NM Highlands Media Arts), and Dan McCulley (Intel).

Cost: $8 nonmembers, $7 members, $5 students.  Cost includes $5 discount coupon to Da Vinci: The Genius exhibit. For adults and students age 10 and above. Preregistration is encouraged or tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event (if seats are available). Go to www.NMnaturalhistory.org

 

This event is made possible by the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities.


May 4, 2018 - 5:30pm

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s next First Friday event jointly celebrates the launch of the next Mars landing mission and “Star Wars” day -May the fourth be with you! During May 4th’s First Friday, patrons will be able to learn about and imagine space exploration and defense. Those visitors who take advantage of discounted prices to see Da Vinci—The Genius that night can also study how Leonardo da Vinci envisioned the future of military operations over 500 years ago.

“We’re very excited to bring aspects of ‘Stars’ and ‘Wars’ together in one exciting evening at the museum,” said Jim Greenhouse, the museum’s space science director. “Fans of science fiction and science fact won’t want to miss this event!”

On May 4 from 5:30 – 9 p.m., admission to Da Vinci—The Genius is discounted by $5, making the final admission charge: Adults $17, Seniors $15 & Children $10. Admission to the museum’s permanent exhibits (excluding Da Vinci—The Genius), is $5 per person, a $3 savings off the usual adult price.

NASA Solar System Ambassador John Brandt will share videos and handouts about the Mars InSight mission, the latest Martian lander. Brandt will also explain the Deep Space Network used to communicate with all missions in the solar system. InSight is scheduled to launch just a few hours after the museum’s First Friday event ends. Find out more from NASA’s webpage:  https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/

Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. Guests will enjoy many unique pieces including life-size machine inventions, entertaining animations of da Vinci’s most notable Renaissance works, and an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of his most famous piece, “Mona Lisa.” Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank, and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.

On May 4 only, the military aspect of the da Vinci exhibit will be enhanced by experts from several organizations at table displays:

  • The Air Force Research Laboratory will showcase Making Light Work with a demonstration on how laser technologies are used to cut through substances like an Imperial blaster;
  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will provide hands-on demonstrations of how the submarine, or what da Vinci called the, "ship to sink ships," uses buoyancy laws to rise and sink on command;
  • The Society of Women Engineers at CNM will explain how physical science is used in military and many other kinds of machines;
  • Lakeshore Learning Store will have an interactive learning display of their products;
  • To top off the evening, characters from Star Wars, who are part of the local 501st Legion, will be roaming throughout the museum!

The DynaTheater will be showing an episode of the Public Broadcasting Service series Secrets of the Dead called The Mona Lisa Mystery. Could there be a second Mona Lisa? In 1913, an interesting portrait surfaced, the so-called "Isleworth Mona Lisa." Using sophisticated scientific analysis, scientists will test both paintings to determine whether Leonardo painted an earlier version of the iconic portrait. Admission to this program is included in da Vinci admission; however, donations are always appreciated. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts one hour. The DynaTheater concession stand will be open before the showing and close when the video begins.

The Planetarium will present Fractal Friday at the usual times of 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. with the normal admission of: Adults $10, Seniors $7 & Children (3-12) $5. Shows typically sell out in advance, so get your tickets early on the Fractal Foundation’s website: fractalfoundation.org

The Museum Observatory will be open to the night sky for one hour from 8 – 9 p.m., weather permitting, and da Vinci exhibition admission will be required for access.

The Nature Works store will be selling fascinating da Vinci merchandise and other unique gifts from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on this First Friday. The Hope Café will be open continuously from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. that day, so you can enjoy dinner while waiting for the museum to reopen (only the café entrance will be open from 5 – 5:30).

Crack the da Vinci code and get a special discount! On each First Friday through July, a special word based upon a da Vinci invention will unlock a 10 percent discount on a da Vinci audio tour when deliberately said at the tour rental kiosk. The code word for April is “Bombarda.”


May 9, 2018 - 6:30pm

Although we take landscape art for granted today landscape art and even the idea of landscape didn’t really exist until the Renaissance when Leonardo da Vinci and his contemporaries invented it. In fact, Leonardo’s first work of art was a landscape drawing that showed the founding principles of the science of geology, 200 years before it was actually founded!  He and his fellow artists sometimes painted such realistic landscapes that even today we can use their art to study how flowing water and other geologic processes sculpt the landscape. Remarkably, there is evidence that Leonardo thought of landscape the way that doctors think of the structure of the human  body.  How can we use this information to appreciate the mysteries of Leonardo’s genius—and the landscape around us?

 

Dr. Gary Rosenberg is Adjunct Curator of Geology, Milwaukee Public Museum and Emeritus Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis. He is interested in understanding spatial relationships as revealed by the history of landscape art and the history of geological thought since studies of both reveal fundamentals about our understanding of nature.  In 2009 he edited “The Revolution in Geology from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment” published by the Geological Society of America (GSA).  He has served as Chair, History and Philosophy of Geology Division of GSA and received the History of Geology Division’s Mary C. Rabbitt research award and Gerald and Sue Friedman service award. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He earned his BS in geology from The University of Wisconsin, Madison and Ph.D. from UCLA.

This event is made possible by the support of the New Mexico Academy of Science. Additional support is provided by the New Mexico Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities.


May 23, 2018 - 6:30pm

Listen to local experts, and ask your questions on the intersection of science and art, then join the discussion. Participants will include artists who use a variety of media and scientists who use art in their science.

Moderator Dr. Andrea Polli (UNM), Panelists John Feins (MeowWolf), Tom Greenbaum (Intel), Dr. William Hartmann (Planetary Science Institute), and Jeannette Hart-Mann (UNM).

Cost: $8 nonmembers, $7 members, $5 students.  Cost includes $5 discount coupon to Da Vinci: The Genius exhibit. For adults and students age 10 and above. Preregistration is encouraged or tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event (if seats are available). Go to www.NMnaturalhistory.org

 

This event is made possible by the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities.


June 1, 2018 - 5:30pm

Discover how mechanical technology from the Renaissance is used to explore other planets.


June 9, 2018 - 10:00am

Create a portrait in the daVinci style using pigmented paper pulp created in a Leonardo-like “superblender” machine and from locally sourced, recycled materials. Class will be held in the Museum Kiwanis Learning Garden.

Michelle Korte has taught art in public and private schools, community centers, and universities in Chicago, Oakland, and Albuquerque for over fifteen years. She holds a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design, an MA in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University, and an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She teaches art classes from a creative reuse mobile art studio.

Cirrelda Snider-Bryan is a clay artist and illustrator; and she has facilitated many community murals. She is a member of NM Potters & Clay Artists, Mosaic Artists of NM, and the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts. An environmental educator at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science since 2007, Cirrelda believes the most interesting art is influenced by science.

Cost $50 ($45 for members). Cost includes admission to Da Vinci: The Genius exhibit both days of this workshop. For adults and students age 10 and above. Preregistration is required. Go to www.NMnaturalhistory.org


June 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Create your own masterpiece, dance, and sample wine from a cash bar.


June 23, 2018 - 10:00am

Many techniques Leonardo Da Vinci used in his notebooks are still used today by science illustrators. Starting in the Da Vinci, the Genius exhibition, we will examine how Da Vinci combined careful observation, scientific understanding, and artistic creativity to create works that are still relevant centuries later. We will then experiment with these techniques to draw objects from the Museum's exhibits and collections. Supplies will be provided.

 

 

Matt Celeskey is a natural history illustrator and exhibit designer. His work appears in several museum exhibitions, technical publications and popular books. He is member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and a Research Associate at the NM Museum of Natural History and Science.

 

Cost $50 ($45 for members). Cost includes admission to Da Vinci: The Genius exhibit the day of the workshop. For adults and students age 10 and above. Preregistration is required. Go to www.NMnaturalhistory.org

This event is made possible by the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities.


June 30, 2018 - 10:00am

 

Use daVinci’s drawings of anatomy to inform your paper pulp sculpture and create a 3D portrait using found objects and junkmail. Class will be held in the Museum Kiwanis Learning Garden

 

Michelle Korte has taught art in public and private schools, community centers, and universities in Chicago, Oakland, and Albuquerque for over fifteen years. She holds a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design, an MA in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University, and an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She teaches art classes from a creative reuse mobile art studio.

Cirrelda Snider-Bryan is a clay artist and illustrator; and she has facilitated many community murals. She is a member of NM Potters & Clay Artists, Mosaic Artists of NM, and the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts. An environmental educator at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science since 2007, Cirrelda believes the most interesting art is influenced by science.


July 6, 2018 - 5:30pm

Learn about da Vinci’s observations on the land, sea, and sky.


July 18, 2018 - 6:30pm

Da Vinci’s achievements are still acclaimed by the world, but what was Leonardo's world like? Join Dr. Franchina as she discusses the context of time and place within which he worked and the way in which he is viewed today in Italy.

 Dr. Miriam Franchina specializes in historical and archival research. She has been a teacher, journalist, and translator and speaks five languages. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Milan, Italy (where daVinci spent much of his time) and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Halle, Germany.

Cost: $8 nonmembers, $7 members, $5 students.  Cost includes $5 discount coupon to Da Vinci: The Genius exhibit. For adults and students age 10 and above. Preregistration is encouraged or tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event (if seats are available). Go to www.NMnaturalhistory.org

 

This event is made possible by the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities.