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
D. M. WITMAN
"WE MIGHT CLIMB A TREE, AT LEASt." H. D. THOREAU
an exhibition by MMPA to celebrate the genius of a great artist.
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.
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 Koichiro Kurita and other fine art photographers captioned with memorable lines from Thoreau’s writings. Book design by Margo Halverson at Alicedesign.com