FOREVER AMBER

October 5, 2003 § Leave a comment

Several years ago David Grimaldi of the American Museum of Natural History, curated a wonderful exhibition on this unique organic material that survives millennia. And gives us a clear window on the invertebrate past. He will show spectacular images of insects in amber, in conversation with Alex Shedrinsky, a New York chemical detective, who will reveal amber forgeries (don’t bring in your necklaces, please, unless you are strong). Alex will also show some of the first pictures of the restored Amber Room of Catherine’s Palace near St. Petersburg.

An insect, trapped — a two word description of a 20th century literary masterpiece. Can you guess what it is? We’ll hear a piece of it. Unless we are diverted on the low road to another kind of masterpiece…

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