Mechanics of Genius
Many readers will know Leonardo Da Vinci for his famous portrait Mona Lisa, but he was more than just an artist. The Science Museum’s exhibition is an opportunity to see his work as a designer and inventor. It includes 39 historical models of his flying machines, diving equipment and armoured vehicles (pictured) and there’s also interactive installations for children.
Go to sciencemuseum.org.uk
America in Revolt: the Art of Protest
The Shapero Modern is hosting an exciting exhibition that brings together art made by student activists in the aftermath of the Kent State shootings in 1972.
The Ohio National Guard murdered four students protesting against the Vietnam War at Kent State University on 4 May 1972.
Protests rapidly spread to the University of California’s Berkeley campus. There a group of art and politics students set up Berkeley Political Poster Workshop.
Their aim wasn’t to produce art itself, but to churn out posters, leaflets and placards for the protests.
That meant much of the material didn’t surive.So this exhibition is a rare opportunity to see some of the orginals.
Until 27 February, free
The Glass Bead Game
The university of Sussex has launched a new podcast series to popularise academic debates. The first two podcasts featured author Naomi Klein and broadcaster David Attenborough talking about climate change.
The next episode out at the end of this month will be Stasi Grandchildren and States of Surveillance.