Roski Talk: Richard Pell

Feb 7, 2019
Reception: 5:30pm
Discussion 6:30pm 

Natural History Museum
Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles



That was then. This is now: PostNatural Nature

Roski Talk with Richard Pell
Presented by Visions and Voices
Talk and exhibition preview is free, reservations required here.

Exhibition on view: Feb 8 - Apr 28, 3019
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, 90007
General exhibition admission tickets here:


Alcoholic rats, ribless mice, and genetically modified mosquitoes are among the specimens being presented by artist Richard Pell and the Center for PostNatural History in the upcoming exhibition That was then. This is now at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Exposition Park. Explore 10,000 years of human-guided evolution in a fascinating view of items from the collections of the Natural History Museum and the Center for PostNatural History. Each object in That was then. This is now is simultaneously a piece of natural history and a post-natural artifact of human culture that embodies human desire, hunger, power, and fear.

On Thursday, February 7, join us for a viewing of the exhibition and reflect on the profound questions raised by the interplay between culture, nature, biotechnology,  art, and science in a dynamic discussion with Richard Pell, Director of the Center for PostNatural History in Pittsburgh; Matt Dean, Associate Professor of Molecular and Computational Biology at USC; and Amy Gusick, Associate Curator for Archaeology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

This event is organized by Roski Professor Karen Liebowitz with contributions from Matt Dean (Biological Sciences), in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Center for PostNatural History.