Revisiting Akeley's Gorillas
Stephen C. Quinn, senior project manager in the Museum's Department of Exhibition, recently traveled to the eastern Congo basin to visit the exact site depicted in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals' mountain gorilla diorama. Like the artists on Carl Akeley's 1926 expedition, Quinn used field sketches and paintings to document the area's flora and fauna, recording the changes that have taken place over the last 80-plus years. In this eight-minute highlight video from a recent talk at the Museum, Quinn shares finished works, including a panoramic plein air painting. Sponsored by the Artists for Conservation Foundation, this expedition and resulting artworks reinforce the important role artists play in habitat conservation and environmental education. For more information about the expedition, visit: http://www.artistsforconservation.org/ Credits: Expedition photos and video courtesy of Artists for Conservation Foundation and the AMNH archives; edited by Jill Bauerle.