Tracing Akeley’s Footsteps in Africa

When: Wed., May 20, 7-8:15 p.m. 2015

Stephen C. Quinn will relate his experiences traveling to the eastern Congo basin to visit the exact site depicted in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals’ mountain gorilla diorama which is based on paintings, photographs, and specimens collected in the field by Carl Akeley and his team in 1921 and 1926. Quinn used field sketches and paintings to document the area’s flora and fauna, recording the changes that have taken place and reinforcing the important role artists play in habitat conservation and environmental education.