Founded in 1982 with the mission of spreading an understanding of war's impact on the lives of soldiers, the National Veterans Art Museum showcases more than 2,000 works of art created by more than 255 veterans. The museum's oeuvre, which comprises paintings, photography, sculpture, and music, focuses on Vietnam but includes artwork inspired by all of America's wars. In addition to keep a permanent collection, the museum hosts rotating temporary exhibits that honor and remember veterans and keep the subject matter fresh. Visitors and members enjoy an active social calendar, stocked with events that feature live music and plays performed entirely with the NATO phonetic alphabet.
Through a colorful sequence of dioramas, videos, and hands-on stations, The Field Museum's Climate Change takes hominids on an eye-opening journey through the history, science, and future of climate change and how to reduce its impact. A host of natural evidence and recent research shows visitors the consequences of unchecked climate change, and other displays emphasize how small individual actions and lifestyle changes can quickly add up to help quash global climate change's diabolical aims. You'll also get an in-depth look at how alternative energy advancements, including solar panels, pebble-bed nuclear reactors, and carbon-dioxide-trapping methods that don't require a riding lawnmower and a butterfly net may help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Recently in the news for auctioning off a Steve Martin–created piece, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art has delighted art lovers for 30 years with its massive array of intriguing modern-day masterpieces. A friend-level membership is good for unlimited free admission for two people into the gallery and its exhibits. The most recent exhibit, Tony May: Old Technology, showcases the San Jose artist's whimsical multimedia creations, including his T. Tree House—a surreal cross between a backyard tree house, studio, gigantic lantern, and Japanese teahouse, complete with a stuttering robot that generates the day's secret word. You'll also get two admissions to the annual Fall Art Auction, discounts at San Jose restaurants, and admission to the talking art discussion series, which will answer questions such as "Is this stain on my shirt art?" Migrant aesthetes will also enjoy free admission to more than 450 museums throughout the country.
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