Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens


Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

Presented by: Harvard Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
Admission: Free and open to the public. 
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How do we understand complex ecological issues such as climate change and species extinction? What role do the arts play in this understanding, compared to—or in collaboration with—the sciences? What is the role of empathy or belief, as opposed to knowledge?

This interdisciplinary panel discussion will explore these important questions within the context of the new HMNH exhibition Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens, which uses special photography techniques, lighting and sound design, and specimens of extinct or endangered animals from Harvard collections to evoke empathy with our “next of kin.”

Carrie Lambert-Beattie, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and History of Art and Architecture; Director of Graduate Studies, Film and Visual Studies, Harvard University

Christina Seely, Artist and Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Dartmouth College

Ross Virginia, Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science; Director, Institute of Arctic Studies, The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College

Moderated by Edward Morris, Artist; Professor of Practice, Department of Transmedia; Co-Director of The Canary Lab, Syracuse University; Co-Director of The Canary Project

This program is located at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street.  

Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Free and open to the public. 

Related exhibition: Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens.