BRADENTON -- Bradenton can't get enough of Leonardo DaVinci.
The DaVinci Machines Exhibition, which has been one of the biggest attractions in downtown Bradenton ever since it debuted last fall, was supposed to close April 15 (which, coincidentally, is DaVinci's birthday). Then the closing day was moved to May 18.
Now the city has agreed to give organizers another extension. The exhibition is now slated to remain at the Bradenton Auditorium through July 7.
If that's not enough DaVinci for you, Mark Rodgers, the curator of the DaVinci Machines Exhibition, will repeat his multi-media presentation "DaVinci and Michelangelo Side by Side" at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota on April 19.
The presentation premiered March 23 and 24 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton. Audiences were enthusiastic, Rodgers said, so he's confident he'll get a good response in Sarasota.
"Bradenton was our off-Broadway," Rodgers said. "It was our trial run. The presentation itself is really designed for a larger facility. We have a 16-foot-25-foot video screen."
The presentation compares the works of the two quintessential Renaissance men. It uses images and animations of artwork, paintings, sculptures and machines, and Rodgers talks about how DaVinci and Mi
chelangelo struggled to coexist with each other and disputed issues that are still relevant.
Before Rodgers, brought the DaVinci Machines Exhibition to Bradenton, he had curated it in Denver, alongside a Michelangelo exhibition. He said he's hoping to bring that Michelangelo exhibition to Bradenton after the DaVinci Exhibition moves on. (There's not enough room in the Bradenton Auditorium to hold both exhibitions at the same time, he said.)
He said he doesn't expect to extend the DaVinci exhibition much past July.
"Exhibitions, if you look at them, major art exhibitions, they have a life of about six or seven months," Rodgers said.
That's just about how long the DaVinci Machines Exhibition will have been in Bradenton by July 7.
After that, he said, the DaVinci show will probably go to either Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Indianapolis or the Mall of America in Minnesota.
The "DaVinci and Michelangelo Side by Side" presentation at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is slated for 8 p.m. April 19. Tickets are $15.70 to $37.10. Call 941-953-3368 or go to www.vanwezel.org for tickets and information.
The DaVinci Machines Exhibition is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon until 6 p.m. Sundays at the Bradenton Auditorium, 1005 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Admission is $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for adults and military, $11.95 for children 4-14. Children younger than 4 get in free. For information, go to www.discoverdavinci.com.
Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-708-7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.