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Unity of Nature
dal 28/4/2014 al 25/7/2014

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Adriana La Rotta

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Unity of Nature

The Americas Society, New York

Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas. The exhibition focuses on the trajectory and legacy of the prolific Prussian scientist, it presents a selection of outstanding landscapes, rare first-edition publications and maps, scientific instruments, and a new piece by contemporary artist Mark Dion.

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Guest Curators: Georgia de Havenon and Alicia Lubowski-Jahn

Americas Society will present Unity of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas, the first exhibition in New York to focus on the intrepid Prussian explorer, scientist, diplomat, and author. Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was reputedly the second most well-known person in France in the early nineteenth century, his popularity eclipsed only by Napoleon’s. The eminent Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould said he was "probably the world's most famous and influential intellectual [of the early nineteenth century]," yet he is virtually unknown in the United States today.

From 1799 to 1804, Humboldt traversed about 6,000 miles, journeying through the Spanish American colonies (modern-day Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, and Cuba) to observe nature in the "torrid zone." Over the three decades after his return, Humboldt published some thirty volumes relating to his journey, the most renowned of which is the beautifully illustrated Vues des Cordillères, et Monumens des Peuples Indigènes de l'Amérique (1810). Unity of Nature will serve as a re-introduction of Humboldt to the American public. Included in the exhibition will be books, sculpture, scientific instruments, and paintings, especially landscapes by the artists who followed in his footsteps to South and Central America. Oftentimes the first European to venture into the interior areas of South America, Humboldt and his travel publications inspired many American artists, including Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900) and Louis Rémy Mignot (1831–1870) who were among the first to retrace his voyage. Their goals were not only to follow Humboldt's journey, but also to adhere to his scientific-aesthetic principles, especially in their portrayals of nature, a major theme of the exhibition. During the latter part of the nineteenth century, Humboldt’s writings helped fuel a belief in manifest destiny influencing painters such as Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) and Thomas Moran (1837–1926) as well as the photographer Carleton Watkins (1829–1916).

Sections of the exhibition are devoted to Humboldt's impact on Latin American independence and U.S. expansionism encompassing material relating to the explorer's 1804 visit to the United States and meeting with Thomas Jefferson, his final years, and death in 1859, a year in which Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species and Frederic Church exhibited his iconic painting "Heart of the Andes." New York-based artist Mark Dion, who often addresses ecological issues in his work, will offer a contemporary response to Humboldt’s classification of nature by exploring the tradition of scientific field illustration. On exhibit will be a drawing cabinet he created during an artists’ residency in Colombia, where he collected specimens daily from the local rain forest and then worked with a team of colleagues to record his findings through a series of watercolors and drawings.

The exhibition Unity of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt is made possible by the generous support from The New York Community Trust, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Consulate General of Germany in New York, Goethe Institute New York, The Tinker Foundation, Mex-Am Cultural Foundation, Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

The exhibition is also supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Visual Arts at Americas Society is glad to announce a one-day international symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Unity of Nature at Hunter College (New York) on April 30. Distinguished speakers from Europe, Latin America, and the United States will join guest curators Georgia de Havenon and Alicia Lubowski-Jahn to discuss Humboldt's historical, social, and artistic influence. The symposium is organized by Americas Society and held at Hunter College with support by the Goethe-Institut and Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Image: Essai sur la géographie des plantes: accompagné d’un tableau physique des regions équinoxiales... [Essay on the Geography of Plants, Accompanied by a Physical Table of the Equinoctial Regions] [engraving with watercolor by Louis Bouquet, drawing by Lorenz Schönberger and Pierre Turpin, 1805, after a sketch by Alexander von Humboldt] (Paris: Chez Levrault, Schoell et compagnie, 1805). 149⁄16 x 3111⁄16 in. Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri

Event Information: Nuria Mendoza | | 1-212-277-8367
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384

Opening April 29, 2014 7:00 p.m.

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