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The Apes & Us: A Century of Representations of Our Closest Relatives
Centering upon a set of paintings by the Austrian artist and evolutionist Gabriel von Max (1840-1915), The Apes & Us explores a century of of representations of primates in relation to humans. Come tour the cultural fascination with apes that began in the decades after Darwin published On the Origin of Species (1859) as it spread into art, literature, and film, science and pseudoscience, the scholarly and the sensational.
We invite patrons to consider how apes are represented in media and in relation to humans in two interactive displays.
is Frances and Charles Field Professor of History at Stanford, where she teaches modern European history and the history of science. Her research focuses on the relations of science, politics and culture and the history of scientific explanation. She is the author of The Restless Clock: A History of the Centuries-Long Argument over What Makes Living Things Tick (2016), which won the Patrick Suppes Prize in the History of Science from the American Philosophical Society. Her book about science and revolution in France, Science in the Age of Sensibility (2002), won the American Historical Association’s J. Russell Major prize for best book in French history.