Artist Event Series
What is "natural" in a world where the human imprint is everywhere?
In the new exhibition Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans at the National Museum of Natural History, contemporary artists challenge viewers to think about the changes we make to our planet. Join us for a series of conversations with them on the power of art to illuminate our relationship with the natural world.
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Save the dates! More info to come.
- December 8, 2021: Andrew S. Yang
- January 26, 2022: Bethany Taylor
- February 23, 2022: Jenny Kendler
- March 30, 2022: Dornith Doherty
Click the title to go to each video.
September 29, 2021: Seen from Above: Aerial Photographer David Maisel Views the Age of Humans
Images from the Exhibit
Meet the Artists
- The Sad Truth Behind These Unsettling Works of Art (Smithsonian Magazine)
- Artists Show Human Impact on the Planet in New Exhibit (Smithsonian Voices)
- A Smithsonian museum turns to art, not science, to hammer home a warning about Mother Nature (Washington Post)
- Unsettled Nature Exhibit Page
Top of page: Oil Spill #10, Oil Slick at Rip Tide, Gulf of Mexico, June 24, 2010 (detail) by Edward Burtynsky, 2010 (Photo ©Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Howard Greenberg and Bryce Wolkowitz Galleries, New York, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto)
Meet the Artists: Top row, left to right: © Lynn Fontana; Dan Phiffer; Eric Yang. Bottom row: Courtesy of the artist; Clayton Hauck for the Chicago Reader; courtesy of the artist.