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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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June 1, 2018 - 5:30pm

This First Friday evening event at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science explores the technological genius of Leonardo da Vinci. On Friday evening, June 1, museum visitors who take advantage of discounted prices to see Da Vinci – The Genius can also study how Leonardo da Vinci envisioned the future of mechanical technology more than 500 years ago.

On June 1 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.

The June First Friday event at the Museum of Natural History & Science is part of the Old Town Countdown to Summer with many activities planned in the area. For more information about the Countdown to Summer events: https://www.abqtodo.com/summer/

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.

"Poised at the beginning of the Renaissance, Leonardo explored the importance of observation, experimentation, artistic visualization, and practical utilization that are at the core of modern technology. We can follow that chain of discovery simply by looking at and understanding many pieces of modern technology," said Larry Crumpler, Ph.D., museum research scientist and Mars Exploration Rover team member.

On June 1 only, aspects of da Vinci’s contributions to mechanical technology will be explained by experts from several organizations at table displays:

  • Mars Opportunity Rover planning lead Larry Crumpler will show how simple observations, like those that Leonardo would have made, are generating fundamental truths about the Red Planet. As one of the original Mars Helicopter team members, Dr. Crumpler will also present materials about this cutting-edge technology that have not been widely distributed;
  • American Institute of Architects, Albuquerque Chapter, will have two activities: Organizing Principles of Design and An Architectural Playground, building upon da Vinci’s concept of an ideal city;
  • The Society of Women Engineers at CNM will explain how physical science is used in many kinds of structures;
  • Lakeshore Learning Store will have an interactive learning display of their products;
  • Highlands University will show how a 3D printer can make parts for simple machines;
  • Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute will demonstrate the principles of modern robotics and how the concept of robots has advanced since da Vinci’s model of a mechanical man;
  • Applied Research Associates will show examples of how innovative technologies are turned into practical applications;
  • UNM Civil Engineering will present a display on bamboo as a construction material for building design.

The DynaTheater will be showing the 3D movie Dream Big. Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray explores the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels -- big and small -- and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world. 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 30 minutes from 8:30 – 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. 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 June is “Bicicletta.”


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

Option 1: Regular admission for the night ($25) will include access to our latest exhibit “Da Vinci: the Genius”, access to our regular exhibits, cash bar, dancing in the atrium, optional drawing workshop, and food truck grub.


Option 2: Painter admission for the night ($35) will include a painting activity led by instructors from Kelly Jo Design by Wine, access to our latest exhibit “Da Vinci: the Genius”, access to our regular exhibits, cash bar, dancing in the atrium, optional drawing workshop, and food truck grub. (Please note that space for this option is limited to 50 participants.)


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.