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Re-seeing the Century: The Expedition on Film


At this year’s Margaret Mead Film Festival, we celebrate the Museum’s legacy of scientific expedition and exploration from the early 20th century to the present day. We will imagine how early American audiences perceived new knowledge about distant lands, strange animals, and exotic cultures is captured and shown on film. The program will include excerpts from the AMNH Library archives made by legendary explorers Carl Akeley and Martin and Osa Johnson, and footage from the Burden expedition, which captured the elusive Komodo Dragon—the expedition that inspired King Kong (1933). We will also discuss changes in the culture of exploration with a renowned Museum Curator who has led cutting-edge ichthyology expeditions around the world as well as discuss new approaches to documenting research on film with the producer of the Museum’s Science Bulletins.

Panelists include Barbara Mathé, AMNH Museum Archivist and Head of Library Special Collections, Pegi Vail, Associate Director for the Center for Media, Culture, and History at NYU, Melanie Stiassny, AMNH Curator of Ichthyology and Vivian Trakinski, Director of the Museum's Science Bulletins.

Co-presented by The Paley Center for Media