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Lecture: Six Footed Sublime: Insects in New York City

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.

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The philosopher Immanuel Kant described the sublime in three forms: the noble, the splendid, and the terrifying. Insects represent all three, beautiful and inspiring while simultaneously alien and frightening. Mike Feller’s photographs of insects in New York City Parks illustrate their diverse forms and natural history, which both seduce and repel.

Mike Feller is the Chief Naturalist of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources Group. Having started with Parks as an Urban Park Ranger in 1983, he is now celebrating his 30th year. He has a degree in Anthropology from SUNY-Albany and has completed graduate studies in Archaeology, Ethnobotany, and Cultural Ecology. He suffered from a fear of insects until taking an entomology class as a graduate student at Queens College in 1993. Mike’s nature photographs have been published in the New York Times, The Conservationist, GEO, Brooklyn Bridge, Universum (Austria), and five books by other authors on the natural history of New York City.

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In conjunction with the exhibition Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art in the Arsenal Gallery, September 13 – November 13, 2013


Arsenal in Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
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