Conversations About Landscape: Library of Earth Anatomy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

Free, RSVP required. Email, or call 415.528.4444 and choose option 5.

Join us for the debut of Exploratorium Artist-in-Residence Ilana Halperin’s Library of Earth Anatomy, a collection of remarkable geological artifacts that invite and inspire us to see rocks in new ways. Created for the Exploratorium’s Fisher Bay Observatory the Library employs unconventional classification methods to dissolve the usual boundaries between nature and culture, as well as between animal, vegetable, and mineral.

Premised on the notion that “Earth’s geological record is like a book whose pages have been ripped apart and scattered about,” the Library reveals the unusual richness of Bay Area “geologic literature.” Its rock fragments tell many stories. A series of cards correlated to the rocks guide us in the apprehension that the solidity of rock is an illusion, and that the scale of geologic time is immense.

Tonight’s Schedule

7:00 p.m.

7:30–8:00 p.m.
Glasgow-based Artist Ilana Halperin  will join Exploratorium curator Marina McDougall in conversation about the creation of the Library of Earth Anatomy.

8:00–8:30 p.m.
Doris Sloan, author of Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region, will discuss the uniqueness of Bay Area geology with Fisher Bay Observatory Director Susan Schwartzenberg.

8:30–9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a unique rock show-and-tell.

Conversations About Landscape brings together practitioners from the fields of geography, ecology, environmental sciences, policy, design, and the arts to grapple with issues that shape contemporary landscapes. Speakers present their work and engage in a conversation that includes members of the audience.

The series is staged in the Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery, which explores environmental change in the Bay Area and beyond. An informal reception before each talk offers time to explore exhibits and engage with the speakers, Observatory staff, and other guests.