The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation invites you to explore the amazing and mysterious world of fungi!
Hunt Institute for
Sept. 17, 2015 – Dec. 17, 2015
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents
“The Mysterious Nature of Fungi” from 17 September to 17 December 2015. This exhibit gives an overview of these mysterious organisms that are found almost everywhere on this planet and are the cause of both bliss and blight.
Join us Thursday, 17 September 2015, 5-7 pm for an opening reception.
At 5:30 pm the curators will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery.
We will also open on Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 October, 1-4 p.m., during Carnegie Mellon University’s Cèilidh Weekend festivities.
On Saturday join our curator throughout the afternoon for tours of the exhibition. On Sunday (1:30-2:30 p.m.) Richard Jacob, a biochemist by trade and president of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, will present the talk “Mushroom clubs: Citizen science in action!”
The Cabinet of curiosities in the Hunt Institute lobby will display lithographs from a limited-edition portfolio in our Library collection. The 20th-century American avant-garde composer, writer and visual artist John Cage (1912–1992) also was an avid, amateur mushroom forager who was so enthusiastic about mushrooms that he and his friend, visual artist Lois Long (1918-2005), co-founded the New York Mycological Society in 1962. Together they published The Mushroom Book (1972), with the taxonomic assistance of the mycologist Alexander H. Smith (1904-1986).
“The Mysterious Nature of Fungi” will be on display on the 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University and will be open to the public free of charge.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM–noon and 1–5 PM; Sunday, 1–4 PM (except 22 November and 26–29 November). Because our hours of operation are occasionally subject to change, please call or email before your visit to confirm. For further information, contact the Hunt Institute at 412-268-2434.
About the Hunt Institute
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation.
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