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The Bright Beneath

Mingle at the Museum event

Bioluminescence and the Art of Shih Chieh Huang

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1Y0003

If you are interested in this event, attend our Art Meets Science program on Dec. 1 which features a special lecture with artist Shih Chieh Huang at 6:30 p.m., and the ticket includes admission to this Mingle event. 


Ticket prices increase by $5 on Nov. 29.

Tonight, immerse yourself in the exhibition Bright Beneath: The Luminous Art of Shih Chieh Huang and the subject of bioluminescence at the Natural History Museum.

Join Natural History Museum curator of fishes Lynne Parenti and artist Shih Chieh Huang to explore the flashes of color and fluid beauty found living in the depths of the ocean. Chat with the artist about his work, experience the phenomenon of bioluminescence through demonstrations, touch specimens of deep-sea dwellers from the Natural History Museum's collection, and participate in the on-site creation and installament of an "Organic Concept," made famous by Huang.

Sip a specialty cocktail and nibble on themed hors d'oeuvres as you explore a place where art and science meet.


7:30 p.m.:
•   Will-call tickets are available at the Constitution Ave. entrance of the Natural History Museum
•   Ticket sales begin (limited number if event is not sold out)
•   Doors Open

7:30-10:00 p.m.:
•   Mingle with artist Shih Chieh Huang and Curator of Fishes, Lynne Parenti
•   Experience Haung's art installation
•   Hands-on bioluminscent activities and demonstration
•   See and touch specimens from the collection
•   Light hors d’oeuvres
•   Cash Bar featuring Heineken products, wine, and specialty cocktail


Featured Exhibition:The Bright Beneath: The Luminous Art of Shih Chieh Huang

The artwork of Shih Chieh Huang explores the unusual evolutionary adaptations undertaken by the mysterious, deep ocean creatures residing in conditions inhospitable for humans. During Huang’s time as a Smithsonian artist research fellow, he explored the bioluminescent marine organisms that inspired this art installation. His creations, with their lights, computer parts, and plastic-tube appendages, evoke a sense of wonder and curiosity as they “float” in the darkness of the gallery.

The Sant Ocean Hall is located on the first floor of the National Museum of Natural History. The entrance is off of Constitution Ave., N,W. (Metro: Federal Triangle - Blue/Orange ).

Read more about this exhibit

General Information

  • One drink ticket included with admission.
  • Must be at least 21 with a valid photo ID to attend.
  • All ticket sales are final.
  • This is not a seated event.
  • Tickets will be $35 for members and $40 for general admission starting Nov. 29.

To view past and current Mingle at the Museum events, click here.


More information

Read more about Shih Chieh Huang's work at the Smithsoninan, particularly The Bright Beneath, by reading the Smithsonian blog entry on him here.

Join us as Internationally known artist Shih Chieh “CJ” Huang guides you in the creation of a sculpture made from deconstructed, battery-operated toys, recyclables, and found objects in his Kinetic Toy Sculpture Workshop. Learn more>>


National Museum of Natural History
The Sant Ocean Hall
10th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange lines)