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On November 5, Dr. Daniel Lewis will give the keynote lecture, John James Audubon: Art, Nature and Science in the Nineteenth Century. Curator and historian Dan Lewis will discuss the role of Audubon in art and science, tracing the history of American ornithological illustration from its earliest days up to Audubon’s work, including material about his predecessors and successors in the bird illustration world, and including a discussion of the tensions inherent in our current understandings of the racially troubling corners of Audubon’s legacy.

Museum members: $25
Non-members: $30

Daniel Lewis is the Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science & Technology at the Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens in Southern California. His permanent history of science exhibit, Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World, was named by the American Alliance of Museums as the best exhibit in America the year after it opened. Prior to coming to the Huntington, Dr. Lewis was the Company Historian for the Los Angeles Times. He holds a PhD in History from the University of California, and has held post-doctoral appointments at Oxford University, the Smithsonian, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. His extensive teaching background includes stints at USC, Claremont Graduate University, Art Center College of Design and Caltech. He is the author of three books and is under contract for a fourth, to be published by Simon & Schuster.


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