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The Wonders of the Natural World: “Fragile Earth” Artists in Context
September 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$10.00 – $12.00
The journals of Darwin and other early ocean explorers are what most people associate with the exotic and “curious” species that inspired the Origin of Species. Collecting, ordering, and exhibiting natural objects in display chests, or Wunderkammer (wonder chests) was popularized in the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe. These collections – the precursors to museums, also influenced how Europeans came to view nature, and ultimately the science of understanding it. Lyme Impressionist painter Willard Metcalf also maintained a cabinet of natural objects, as well as field journals, that both inspired and informed the accuracy of his paintings. Mark Dion takes this tradition further by exploring both past and present modes of marrying art and natural history. We will look at the intersections of art and science – and how one informs the other, by examining locally found natural objects worthy of our own wonder chest.
Featuring Judy Preston, Local Naturalist.
Note: Featured artist will not be present at this event.