Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids
Why do so many different cultures include dragons in their mythology? Anthropology, archaeology and art history meet in this new exhibit designed to explore the roots of belief in fantastical creatures. Art, cultural artifacts, fossils and animal relics are displayed side by side, illustrating how, for example, narwhal tusks fueled a unicorn craze in medieval Europe. Learn how human imagination (and misinterpretation) has created stories of impossible beasts, many of which have become central myths in cultures around the world.
American Museum of Natural History
New York City
Through January 6, 2008
Ansel Adams & Edwin Land:
Art, Science and Invention
Ansel Adams, the renowned nature photographer, became close friends with scientist and inventor Edwin Land after Land allowed him to test the first Polaroid prototypes in the late 1940s. The two brilliant minds traded ideas and inspired each other to experiment in their respective fields. This exhibit highlights the photographs that were born of their partnership—a merging of artistic and scientific genius.
Palmer Museum of Art
Pennsylvania State University
July 12–September 9
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