Artist Event Series
What is "natural" in a world where the human imprint is everywhere?
In the past exhibition Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans at the National Museum of Natural History, contemporary artists challenged viewers to think about the changes we make to our planet. This series of conversations with them addresses the power of art to illuminate our relationship with the natural world.
On This Page:
Videos of Past Programs
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- September 29, 2021: Aerial Photographer David Maisel Views the Age of Humans
- October 27, 2021: Ellie Irons – Feral Landscapes: Ecosystems in a Concrete Jungle
- December 8, 2021: Andrew S. Yang – Seeds of Potential: Art Reimagines How Birds and Buildings Collide
- January 26, 2022: How Artist Bethany Taylor Strings Together Nature's Relationships
- February 24, 2022: Artist Talk with Jenny Kendler on Music for Elephants
- March 30, 2022: Photographer Dornith Doherty Pictures the Future of Biodiversity
Images from the Exhibit
Meet the Artists
Learn More About the Exhibit
- 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.
Also Exhibiting: © Birgit Kleber 2012