Observing Nature: Edna Lawrence & Cabinets of Curiosities
April 6 – June 17
Selections from the Athenæum’s Natural History Collection will be on display, showcasing illustrated works of the natural world from the Rare Book Room alongside specimens of insects, birds and other wonders collected by the RISD Nature Lab, as well as drawings by RISD alumna and Nature Lab founder Edna Lawrence and her students. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Nature Lab.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-6pm
Weekends & other times, by appointment or if staffing allows
Friday, April 6, 5-7pm | Edna’s Nature Lab
Celebrating 80 years, RISD’s Nature Lab continues to fulfill the mission of founder Edna W. Lawrence to “open students’ eyes to the marvels of beauty in nature.” Three panelists from different disciplines discuss the value and relevance of Edna’s vision, which is still at the core of many science, design, and fine arts practices.