This program has a new date (originally Wed., Oct. 9, 2013).
Dive into the Natural History Museum after hours to explore the wonders that lie below the waves. First, meet award-winning National Geographic photojournalist, explorer, and conservation advocate Brian Skerry. His exhibition Portraits of Planet Ocean focuses on the mystery and beauty of marine life in captivating photographs that reflect the vitality and diversity of our resilient, though imperiled, ocean. Skerry talks about how he captures his amazing images—one of which was selected as National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photos of All Time—and shares stories of witnessing some of the most beautiful, diverse, and threatened ocean environments on the planet. He’ll also sign his book Ocean Soul (National Geographic).
Then, celebrate the fifth anniversary of Sant Ocean Hall as you view Skerry’s photos, as well as new exhibits including Living on an Ocean Planet and Fragile Beauty: The Art and Science of Sea Butterflies. Get a closer look at what lives in the sea, and explore interactive stations to discover how we are all connected to the ocean. Turn trash into art by using plastic bags, bottle caps, and fishing line to make your own hand-crafted jellyfish. Meet diving officers from the Smithsonian Scientific Diving Program, learn about some of the current research taking place, and get a close-up view of the tools they use in underwater science. Get a taste of the Chesapeake from the Rappahannock Oyster Company and hear about this century-old family business and its commitment to sustainability in the Bay region. Live music from Brazilian band DC Choro, cocktails, and light hors d’oeuvres add to the fun of an evening that celebrates all aspects of the life aquatic.
Advanced Prices: $35 Members / $50 Gen. Admission
Door Prices: $40 Members / $55 Gen. Admission
Presentation begins at 6:45 p.m.; reception at 7:30 p.m.
Must be at least 21 years old with valid ID; not a seated event
See some dramatic examples of Brian Skerry’s photos, and listen as he sets his photographic work in a wider ecological context in this TED Talk excerpt.