Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep


Sat - Sun, Jun 30 to May 19, 10:00am - 4:00pm


Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Lily SimonsonGlowing under black lights, luminescent paintings by California artist Lily Simonson embody a synergy between art and science that reveals new ways of seeing and understanding life forms in the deep ocean.

Presented by: Harvard Museum of Natural History
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Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep presents six original mural-sized paintings that glow with luminescent pigments and together create an immersive visual experience in which light and color materialize out of a sea of darkness, giving form to a hidden alien universe. Simonson envelops viewers in this astonishing world, invites them to share in the excitement of exploration and discovery, and challenges preconceptionsParty of Yetis of what it is to be alive. Simonson’s work is inspired by explorations of deep-ocean life made in collaboration with Harvard University professor Peter Girguis.

Simonson’s art reflects a passion for the process of science, deep affection for the natural world and dedication to seeking out and “bringing to light,” the beauty and mystery of places and life forms little known and rarely seen. The exhibition opens on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, one of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, and will remain open through May 30, 2019. It will be located next to the Sea Creatures in Glass exhibition of Blaschka glass models. Regular museum hours are 9 a.m. -5 p.m. daily.