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Artist-in-Exploration Lecture and Art Opening

The Explorers Club Artist-in-Exploration program, sponsored by Rolex, will hold its second-annual artist's exhibit in the Trophy Room and the first-annual artist's lecture in the Clark Room, on Thursday, December 10, 2015. Our 2014 Artist-in-Exploration, Tanya Chaly, an Australian artist living in New York City, will talk about her expedition and work, "Gorongosa in Restoration - Cu baliwa cutswa," documenting the continuing restoration of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

Gorongosa was once one of the richest wildlife refuges in the world, but it was decimated and virtually lay in ruins by the end of the civil war that raged from the mid-1970’s until 1992, following independence from Portugal in 1975. In 2004, an initiative through the Carr Foundation established a foundation to ensure and aid the recovery and restoration of the park and surrounding war-torn communities. But more than a decade later, the unrest continues. Ms. Chaly was forced to postpone her Artist-in-Exploration expedition for six months because of an outbreak of fighting.

Her project was to produce a suite of works based on the international mission's goals to restore, protect, study and sustain this fragile biodiversity. While in Gorogosa, she spent time in the E.O Wilson laboratory there, photographing and sketching specimens, as well as taking day trips and drives into the park, documenting in her work the many dimensions of the restoration of flora and fauna, from the smallest insect populations and plant and seed dispersal data, to the monitoring of animal population changes and the return and re-introduction of mega fauna. The work that resulted from her expedition includes a Specimen Suite, Fieldwork Studies and a set of large-scale drawings.

Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2016

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Reservation Notes:

Reception, Library: 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Lecture, Clark Room: 7:00 - 8:00pm
Artist Reception and Exhibit, Trophy Room: 8:00 - 9:00 pm
The exhibit will remain in the Trophy Room for the following week.

Mharapala- Sable Antelope, 2014, Charcoal, pigment, graphite, punctured drawing, linen book binding thread and entomology pins on paper, 60” x 40”.

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