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Short Takes on Capturing Nature

Mon., Oct. 15, 2012 | 7 pm

$5 at the door; $4 online at stgpresents.org (additional fees apply)

Join the Burke Museum at the Neptune Theatre for an evening of fast-paced talks on the enduring relationship between the human imagination and the natural world. Ten experts from UW and beyond will have six minutes and 20 slides to discuss topics ranging from the artistry of the earliest cave paintings to the stunning imagery of the Hubble Space Telescope. What are we after when we attempt to Capture Nature?

Tickets are available online through stgpresents.org. To purchase tickets, click here.

Short Takes Speakers as of September 26, 2012. Subject to change.

Why Do Humans Make Marks? 
Our ancestors carved geometric marks into stone surfaces at least 250,000 years ago, ten times earlier than the earliest cave paintings. Ellen Dissanayake is an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose subject is the arts in human evolution: where do they come from and how did they evolve? 

Bringing the Internet into the Depths of the Ocean
An inside look at the U.S.'s first cabled ocean observatory. Allison Fundis, Education and Public Engagement Liaison, Ocean Observatories Initiative/Regional Scale Nodes, University of Washington

American Art in an Age of Exploration
American landscape paintings and photographs from the 19th and early 20th-century demonstrate that it was often artist-explorers who were raising important questions about humankind’s place in the world. Patricia Junker, is the Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art at the Seattle Art Museum.

Artists, Writers and our National Parks
Ever since the painter George Catlin made the first proposal for a national park, artists and writers have played in an important role in the creation and development of the world's oldest national park system. Wendy Call is the 2012 Writer in Residence for the North Cascades and Joshua Tree National Parks.

Living Wild
Art Wolfe is an internationally renowned photographer, author of numerous books, host of “Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe" and founder of the International Conservation Photography Awards currently on view at the Burke Museum.

Influential Images
The historical use of images in conservation. Dan Ritzman is the Northwest and Alaska Regional Director of the Sierra Club.

Elusive Nature
Brad Rutherford, Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Trust, discusses how they use motion sensor technology in some of the harshest environments on the planet to capture pictures of one of the earth’s most secretive animals.

Coast Salish Forms and Nature
How Coast Salish artists use basic forms to relate complex imagery and ideas. Shaun Peterson is a pivotal figure in the revival of Coast Salish arts.

Out There
What we see at the edge of space with our most powerful tools. Phil Rosenfield, is Graduate Student in Astronomy at the University of Washington.

Identity Inscribed
How the natural world and kinship relationships influence tattoos in traditional Northwest Coast and Polynesian cultures. Katie Bunn-Marcuse is Assistant Director of the Bill Holm Center, and a Curatorial Associate of Native American Art at the Burke Museum.

Short Takes is produced in conjunction with Seattle Theatre Group with support from the Boeing Employees Credit Union.

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