Note: These dates are as of September 9, and are subject to change.
The Scientific Art of Charles R. Knight
R. P. Simmons Family Gallery
November 8, 2014–April 26, 2015
The paleontological paintings of artist Charles Robert Knight (1874-1953) include some of the most recognizable dinosaur images of the 20th Century. But Knight also produced images of modern animals and early humans that are equally as stunning. The Scientific Art of Charles R. Knight showcases a selection of 10 artworks that span 200 million years, from the Mesozoic to the modern era. Complementing the exhibition are actual specimens from the scientific collection of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, showing the “real thing” that inspired Knight’s wondrous depictions of the natural world.
Time Machines: Watches from the H.J. Heinz Collection
January 31–March 30, 2015
Showcasing more than 20 of ketchup magnate H. J. Heinz’s most spectacular time pieces, Time Machines: Watches from the H.J. Heinz Collection, turns back the hands of time with such beauties as a gold mechanical “repeating watch” with figures that strike the hour, an example of clock-making technology that dates to the 17th century. Other rarities include a watch once owned by British naval hero Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson and a music box watch adorned with a feathered bird.
Time Machines is a repeat presentation of the extremely popular exhibition that appeared in Wertz Gallery in the summer of 2008.
The Collector’s Edge: Sharing the Thrill of Discovery
April 18–June 1, 2015
Bryan Lees established his company, The Collector’s Edge, in 1984. Since that time he and his staff of stalwart professionals have mined museum-quality specimens from mineral deposits around the world. Some of these ventures have produced mineral specimens and gemstones of surpassing beauty. This exhibit presents a selection of spectacular discoveries gleaned from 31 years of mining. Lees is currently a research associate in minerals at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the 1997 winner of the Carnegie Mineralogical Award.
R. P. Simmons Family Gallery
May 16, 2015–January 10, 2016
Where does a chipmunk sleep? What does an eagle feed its young? How do mother bats find their babies in a cave? In Animal Secrets, families learn the answers to these questions and more as they explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Using imaginative role-play and hands-on interactives, children discover nature from an animal's point of view through such activities as gathering food for the winter with a chipmunk family; protecting baby raccoons from a hungry fox; creating butterfly wing patterns using multicolored mosaic tiles; assembling a three-dimensional, larger-than-life ant; and matching animal tracks to the animals that made them using paw-like puzzle pieces.
Out of This World: Jewelry from the Space Age
June 27, 2015–January 4, 2016
Out of This World: Jewelry from the Space Age brings together scientific fact and pop culture in a showcase of wearable and decorative arts related to outer space, space travel, the space age, and the powerful influence these topics have had on human civilization.
Beginning with jewelry and artifacts memorializing the appearance of Halley’s Comet in 1835, Out of this World! travels forward through time to explore nearly 200 objects from landmark moments in space-related history. Pieces in the exhibition include ephemera, jewelry, and objets d’art inspired by events that captured our imagination, such as the 1865 publication of Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon, the 1957 Sputnik launch that kicked off the space race of the Cold War, and milestone NASA missions.
Out of this World! was conceived and organized for The Forbes Galleries, New York City, by Elyse Zorn Karlin, private curator and publisher/editor-in-chief of Adornment, The Magazine of Jewelry and Related Arts.