Monday, April 14, 2014
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY
Free and open to the public
Rachel Sussman (BFA 1998 Photography) discusses her epic 10-year project, The Oldest Living Things in the World, with Maria Popova, a writer, blogger and critic known for her blog, BrainPickings.org, followed by a book signing and reception. Presented by Dear Dave magazine.
This exclusive launch offers early access to The Oldest Living Things in the World, and is the only place it is available before the official publication date of Earth Day, April 22, 2014. Sussman researched, worked with biologists and traveled around the world to find living organisms 2,000 years old and older. The book contains 124 photographs, 30 essays, infographics and forewords by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Carl Zimmer.
Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn. Her photographs and writing have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and NPR’s Picture Show. She has spoken on the TED main stage and at the Long Now Foundation, is a MacDowell Colony and NYFA Fellow and is a trained member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Her first book, The Oldest Living Things in the World (University of Chicago, 2014), will be released on April 22, and a major solo exhibition of the project will open at Pioneer Works in September.
Popova is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings, an inventory of cross-disciplinary interests spanning art, science, design, history, philosophy, psychology and more. She has written for Wired (UK), The Atlantic, Nieman Journalism Lab, The New York Times, Smithsonian and Design Observer, and is an MIT Fellow. She is on Twitter as @brainpicker.