2017 IS THE BICENTENNIAL OF THE BIRTH OF HENRY DAVID THOREAU.

JULY 12, 1817 – MAY 6, 1862

MMPA and USM are teaming up to celebrate! To this end we have a film, a book, a symposium, an exhibition and a panel of artist talks and book signing. 

 Thursday, November 2, 6-8pm

Exhibition Opening reception

 

KELIY ANDERSON-STALEY
ETHAN HAYES - CHUTE
GAIL SKUDERA
s.b. WALKER
SARAH SZWAJKOS
DAN MILLS
ELIZABETH GREENBERG
GARY GREEN
JOHANNA MOORE
D. M. WITMAN

 

     "WE MIGHT CLIMB AT TREE, AT LEAST".  H. D. THOREAU

an exhibition by MMPA to celebrate the genius of a great artist.  

Dan Mills, Hermit, Thoreau, UFOs, and Wabanaki Route Information, 2017, acrylic, gouache, and ink on digitally altered map, 14.25 x 10 inches

Dan Mills, Hermit, Thoreau, UFOs, and Wabanaki Route Information, 2017, acrylic, gouache, and ink on digitally altered map, 14.25 x 10 inches

Artist Talk and Book Signing: Thursday, November 16, 6-8pm

November 2, 2017 - January 27, 2018

 

   THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017

 

Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul, a Film by Huey


 7 - 9:30 PM AT TALBOT HALL IN THE  LUTHER BONNEY AUDITORIUM, USM PORTLAND, CAMPUS.  HUEY WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM AND HOLD A Q&A WITH THE AUDIENCE DIRECTLY AFTERWARD.

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The University of Southern Maine and The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts are proud to present this text in honor of the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau's birth in 1817.

“In wildness is the preservation of the world,” wrote Thoreau in his iconic deathbed essay “Walking.”

This summation of his life’s work, published posthumously in 1862, became a seminal influence in the modern environmental movement and is no less relevant today than 150 years ago. “Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present,” he wrote. He extolled walking as a delightful and necessary idleness, an antidote to the burdens of civilization, a means of immersing ourselves in nature and awakening to the moment. 

“Walking” is recognized by most scholars as Thoreau’s “other” masterpiece, Walden in a more concise form. In the introduction of this edition, Adam Tuchinsky accessibly and engagingly unpacks the essay’s nineteenth-century associations, highlights the startling modernity of its sentiments, and reveals why Thoreau remains the towering figure in the history of American nature writing. Exquisite contemporary nature photographs curated by Denise Froehlich grace this handsome book.

B&W nature photos from Kurito Koichiro and other fine art photographers captioned with memorable lines from Thoreau’s writings.

Thursday, November 16, 6-8pm

Artist panel and Book signing         

7th floor of the USM Glickman Library

Artists speaking:  Gary Green, D. M. Witman and Elizabeth Greenberg

Introduction:  Adam Tuchinsky, Thoreau Scholar and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at USM