Chiaroscuro painting of an experiment on a bird in an air pump by Joseph Wright

Night at the Salon: Science and the Sublime

Fri., Apr. 15, 2022 | 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
The Huntington
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Members: $35 | Public: $45
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Join us for an exciting evening as we venture into the sublime and explore the exhibition “Science and the Sublime: A Masterpiece by Joseph Wright of Derby."

This new evening series features salon-style offerings including curator talks and scientific demonstrations, outdoor guided sketching sessions, theatrical presentations, live music, and wine and beer (available for purchase).


Melinda McCurdy, curator of British art, shares her insights on Joseph Wright of Derby’s monumental An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768), one of the great masterpieces from the Age of Enlightenment.
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Joel Klein, Molina Curator for the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, leads a scientific exploration demonstrating the use of the air pump, as seen in Joseph Wright of Derby’s painting (on view in the exhibition).
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Melinda McCurdy and Joel Klein

Artist Richard Scott leads an outdoor, guided drop-in sketching session with three still-life displays. Guests can practice drawing what they see, experimenting with light, shadow, and shape. (All materials provided.)

Enjoy the musical stylings of the Clover String Quartet.
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Clover String Quartet

Performers from Rogue Machine Theatre become the characters in Joseph Wright of Derby’s painting, coming to life in conversation about the experiment unfolding before their eyes.

Wine and beer available for purchase.
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