Login with HarvardKey to view all events.
In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss (Special Exhibition)

In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss (Special Exhibition)

By Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 9am to 5pm

+ 10 dates

  • Thursday, July 7, 2022 9am to 5pm
  • Friday, July 8, 2022 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday, July 9, 2022 9am to 5pm
  • Sunday, July 10, 2022 9am to 5pm
  • Monday, July 11, 2022 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday, July 14, 2022 9am to 5pm
  • Friday, July 15, 2022 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday, July 16, 2022 9am to 5pm
In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss (Special Exhibition)

Event Dates

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 9am to 5pm

Harvard Museum of Natural History View map Free Event

26 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138

https://hmnh.harvard.edu/search-thoreau-flowers
View map Free Event Add to calendar

In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers is a multisensory experience that marries art and science through a modern interpretation of Henry David Thoreau’s preserved plants. Thoreau was prolific in his practice of collecting botanical samples and plants are important indicators of how our world is responding to climate change. Long preserved in the Harvard University Herbaria, 648 specimens serve as the foundation of this new exhibition. The digitization of these specimens inspired the creation of beautiful blue cyanotypes that are in direct conversation with illuminated rotating selections of Thoreau’s originals and immersive large-scale projected visualizations. The exhibition invites visitors to experience emotionally resonant connections to the profound loss of natural diversity caused by human-induced climate change. The exhibition urges us to ask, “what do Thoreau’s findings tell us about what plants are winning, and what plants are losing, in the face of climate change today?”

Regular museum admission rates apply.

Artwork by Leah Sobsey for “In Search of Thoreau’s Flowers: An Exploration of Change and Loss” exhibition, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Digitized cyanotype

1 person is interested in this event