That was then. This is now. | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

That was then. This is now.

Feb 7 - April 28, 2019

 

For thousands of years, humans have intentionally altered the genes of certain plants and animals, affecting their evolution and survival. Artist Richard Pell has made it his project to collect, record, and study examples of these “postnatural” organisms through his organization, the Center for PostNatural History.
 

Mosquitoes engineered to resist malaria, domesticated dog skulls that date back thousands of years, pigeons bred to tumble out of the sky . . . That was then. This is now. features “postnatural” specimens from both the Center’s collection and the Museum’s collection, highlighting humanity’s long history of influencing natural processes.
 

The specimens and photographs seem ordinary at first glance. But the cultural and scientific stories behind these images and objects are fascinating: goats that produce spider’s silk in their milk; a photograph printed on a living biofilm of bacteria; and a 1,500-year-old corn cob.


Gallery guides are provided in English and Spanish. 

 

February 7, 2019 | Exhibition Preview and Discussion


Join us for a viewing of the exhibition and reflect on the profound questions raised by the interplay between culture, nature, biotechnology,  art, and science in a dynamic discussion with Richard Pell, Director of the Center for PostNatural History in Pittsburgh; Matt Dean, Associate Professor of Molecular and Computational Biology at USC; and Amy Gusick, Associate Curator for Archaeology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

 

For more event information and to RSVP, visit the NHMLA Talks page

 

 

 


Organized by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Center for PostNatural History in partnership with USC Visions and Voices program.