Nature Walks, Talks and Tours
March 23, 14h - Art and the natural and unnatural world
By Ripley WhitesideArtist Ripley Whiteside will discuss the task of defining nature, and how this complex undertaking is central to his work and studio practice. His work critically engages with the natural world: our conception of it, and the distance that we manage to insinuate between ourselves and our environment. His drawings and paintings seek out the murkier aspects of the word nature - some portray fantastical "unnatural" worlds which are described with exclusively "natural" elements, other works highlight the tight control we wield over aspects of our environment which are often mythologized as wilderness. Introduced by Catherine Polcz. In Auditorium. Free, everyone welcome, no reservation necessary.
Whiteside was born in rural North Carolina, received a BFA from University North Carolina - Chapel Hill (2008), and an MFA from SUNY-Buffalo (2012). He lives and works in Montreal.
IMAGE: Escapes by Ripley Whiteside.
March 29, 19h- 22h - Earth Hour at Redpath Museum
Join the student members of both the astroclubmcgill [at] gmail [dot] com (McGill Astronomy Club) and the redpathmuseumclub [at] gmail [dot] com (Redpath Museum Club) for an evening of geology and star gazing. Event starts in the Redpath Museum Auditorium with an introduction to the fascinating science of the earth and the heavens. Followed by a walk up Mont Royal for star gazing. Weather permitting. Visit at the Belevedere of Mont Royal includes hot chocolate. Please respect the earth, bring your own cups.
Duration: 7 - 7:25 PM at Museum, 8:30 - 9:30 PM at summit Mont Royal
Meet: 7 PM, Musée Redpath Museum, Université McGill, 859 rue Sherbrooke ouest Metro: McGill Bus: 24
Contribution at the door : $4 regular adult OR $2 student/child/senior, maximum for family = $10 (includes hot chocolate at the summit, please bring your own cups)
Science pour tous:
Mount Royal flora: the forest and the human story
May 9, 17h - 19h
With Éric Richard (Directeur des services éducatifs, Les amis de la montagne) and Kakwiranó:ron Cook (Aboriginal Outreach, McGill)
This 24 heures de science event helps us to discover a variety of stories about the plants that grow on the mountain and learn about the strong connection between native people and local flora. The forest on Mount Royal has been known by humans since prehistoric times. Wood was used for construction and tools, many plants were collected for food and others for medicinal uses.
This event starts with brief presentation in the Museum, continues with walk to the Hochelaga monument and finishes with traditional Huron-Wendat strawberry drink near the Kondiaronk White Pine on Mount Royal's summit behind the Belvedere. Part of this presentation will be with Darrell Thompson, a traditional Mohawk medicine man. The complete talk and walk is two hours. Please bring your own snack to share at the summit.
WHERE: Start at the Redpath Museum at 5:00 p.m. FINISH: Mount Royal summit behind the Belevedere at 7:00 p.m. with refreshments.
FREE but suggested contribution: $10 regular adult/ $5 student, child, senior, Max: $20/family.
All proceeds go to the PROJETS AUTOCHTONES DU QUÉBEC (PAQ).
IMAGE: Bloodroot blooming in May. Photo credit: Les amis de la montagne
January 19, 2014: Dürer's rhinocerus
By Catherine Polcz (Natural Resource Sciences, Macdonald College, McGill)
In this talk, the first of the New Nature series, Catherine Polcz will explore the curious story and cultural meaning of Dürer's rhinocerus, a 1515 woodblock print made by the German artist Albrecht Dürer. Given as a gift to the Portugeuse king Manuel I, the rendered rhinocerus was the first seen in Europe since Roman times. Despite the animal's short life and tragic death, the rhinocerus quickly became an emblem of both Roman antiquity and an expanding world.
Together we will ask how the woodcut print can act as an artifact of a 16th century European understanding of nature, and whether this can assist us in understanding our own contemporary conceptualization of nature.