As part of Ukiah’s First Friday Art Walk, and in conjunction with our special exhibition, Gathering Light: The Photographic Visions of Aryan Chappell, Roger Franklin, Amy Melious, and Robert Taylor, the Museum will screen the 2014 film Tim’s Vermeer. Produced by illusionists Penn & Teller, this intriguing documentary explores how optical devices may have helped Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer achieve his spectacular sense of visual realism. Inventor Tim Jenison theorizes about and then employs a technique using mirrors and an early camera obscura to duplicate some of Vermeer’s hallowed paintings. Art historians are split on whether Vermeer used optical technologically to create his masterpieces. Revelation or hoax? You decide.
The Museum will be open during the evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Visitors can check out Gathering Light and our other galleries, and stroll through the Wild Gardens, which should be blooming with poppies and other flowers. Tim's Vermeer screens at 6:00 PM and is roughly one hour and twenty minutes in length. Free and open to the general public.