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October 20, 2023 - September 2, 2024 Forces of Nature: Voices that Shaped Environmentalism

“Forces of Nature: Voices that Shaped Environmentalism” presents some of the key people—scientists, politicians, activists, writers and artists—whose work has influenced attitudes toward the environment in the United States from the late 19th century until today. The exhibition traces a history of the movement from turn-of-the-20th-century conservationism to mid-20th-century environmentalism and its backlash. It also addresses present-day action on environmental justice, biodiversity and climate. Drawing mainly from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, “Forces of Nature: Voices that Shaped Environmentalism” features more than 25 portraits of people who have made an enduring impact on public perceptions of the natural world, including the well-known figures Rachel Carson, George Washington Carver, Maya Lin, Henry David Thoreau and Edward O. Wilson. The exhibition will bring together portraiture, visual biography and the sitters’ own words to probe this important—and complicated—history.

Open 7 days a week
11:30am – 7pm
Closed Dec. 25

One Life Gallery, 2nd floor 
National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets NW

Washington, DC

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
January 26, 2024 - July 7, 2024 Douglass, Baldwin, Harrington: The Walter O. Evans Collections

An exhibition exploring extraordinary materials collected by Walter and Linda Evans now in the Beinecke’s care, “Douglass, Baldwin, Harrington” celebrates three towering figures of Black history, art and culture: Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, and Ollie Harrington. The Evans collections together bring political and cultural history into close engagement with arts and letters. These collections and the figures they feature demonstrate powerful ways creative work may serve as a form of social justice advocacy in ways that continue to inspire. “Douglass, Baldwin, Harrington” honors Walter and Linda Evans and their work advocating for, documenting, and celebrating Black arts in America. Their ongoing leadership in public dialogue about the need for more inclusive American arts and cultural heritage collections, and for greater public access to the work of Black artists, serves as an inspiration to all of us.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Yale University Library
121 Wall Street

New Haven, CT

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
February 23, 2024 - June 9, 2024 Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Creator of unforgettable animal characters like Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the beloved children’s book author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) rooted her fiction in the natural world. Childhood summers spent in Scotland and the Lake District nourished Potter’s love of nature, while her famous menagerie of pets inspired her picture letters and published tales. Studying botany and mycology established her abiding interest in the life sciences, a passion that she would bring to rural life at Hill Top Farm. There she enjoyed a second act as a sheep breeder and land conservationist, ultimately bequeathing 4,000 acres of farmland to the National Trust.

The exhibition brings together artwork, books, manuscripts, and artifacts from several institutions in the United Kingdom, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Trust, and the Armitt Museum and Library. Paired with the Morgan’s exceptional collection of her picture letters, these objects trace how Potter’s innovative blend of scientific observation and imaginative storytelling shaped some of the world’s most popular children’s books.

Tue - Thu, Sat & Sun 10:30am - 5pm
Fri 10:30am - 7pm

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue

New York, NY

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic