Tuesday, September 29, 2009

See Burke Museum's grotesque penguins: Wondrous Cold exhibit opens

Need inspiration for a Lovecraftian tale or a Cthulhu game? Check out Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey, an exhibit of photography by Joan Myers "which offers a glimpse into the life of researchers working on the world's most hostile continent" at Seattle's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. The exhibit opens 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat., Oct. 3.

Opening day events include lectures by a Dr. Christian Sidor, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Burke Mueum, who collected 245-million-year-old fossils in Antarctica and by composer Cheryl Leonard who captured audio recordings of the wind, ice, birds, and animals there — sounds creepy. Give a listen on her blog Music From the Ice. Compare modern researchers' perspectives with the "austral world of desolation and brooding madness" and "myriads of grotesque penguins" imagined by H.P. Lovecraft in At the Mountains of Madness. Do you suppose they thought the penguins were cute?

The exhibit shows through Nov. 29.

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