Collage of images from Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

Cabinet for the Anthropocene

CMOA Theater

Free, registration recommended

Part historian and part scientist, conceptual artist Mark Dion is best known for his science-based installations anchored in the cabinets of curiosity of old.

Join us for a history of natural history when Dion is paired with award winning herpetologist and Carnegie Museum of Natural History Research Associate José Padial, who has traveled uncharted ecosystems to find, describe, and classify new species. Eric Crosby, Carnegie Museum of Art’s Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, will be the host of this spirited dialogue that brings artist and scientist together for an ideological exploration of the Anthropocene.

"Mark Dion has spent more than two decades blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction, science and art, natural and artificial, not to mention people’s need for order and their tendency to sow chaos, especially where the environment is concerned."



This event is part of Carnegie Nexus Strange Times, a 12-part event series featuring four live performances, five conversations, and three films from January 10 to April 20, 2017.

Writers, artists, and scientists will take audiences on an exploration of humankind’s far-reaching impact on the earth, which many scientists assert has resulted in a new geological era called the Anthropocene.

The Strange Times programming series was co-produced by Edith Doron, Senior Project Manager of Carnegie Nexus, and Ben Harrison, The Andy Warhol Museum’s Curator of Performing Arts & Public Programs.