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After Hours: Fatal Fungus & Mind-Control Bugs

Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 5:00 pm8:30 pm

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Activities free with gallery admission. Planetarium ticket fees apply.

Enjoy an evening at the museum! Curate your night from a host of activities, including sketching in the galleries, art-making activities, a show in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, and stargazing on the Ruth and John Huss Observation Deck (weather permitting).

A volunteer explains an activity to two young visitors that shows how dung beetles use infrared lightSketching theme: Insects and fungi: draw from a selection of insects from the University’s entomology collection and fungi from the herbarium.

Hands-on activity: Help a dung beetle find its way using polarized light.

Diorama Tours

Tours begin in Horizon Hall at 6:15 and 7:15 pm.

Dive deep into the dioramas with George Weiblen, Bell science director and curator of plants. Learn about how our native plants defend themselves against predators, amazing adaptations, and Minnesota’s biodiversity—and threats to it.

Poetry Reading

Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium at 5:45 & 7:15 pm.

Join Bell resident artist Erin Sharkey for a reading from new work under the stars in the planetarium. Sharkey is a poet, essayist, producer, educator and community organizer who spent a decade working on an urban farm. During her residency, she has explored a new “Farmer’s Almanac,” a meditation on the unique natural rhythms of the urban environment for the modern urban farmer. In addition, Sharkey’s ongoing research into unpublished WPA-sponsored narratives by ex-slaves has inspired new works that imagine community vegetable gardens as locations of autonomy and connection to nature and culture. Other nature writers of color who investigate nature and its themes— Anaïs Deal-Márquez Michael Kleber Diggs, and Sagirah Shahid—will join Erin for this reading and will share work.

Poets who will read at our October After Hours

Resident Artist Installation

Anna Cerelia Battistini is a sculpture and fiber artist from St. Paul who specializes in large lanterns created in the tradition of British lantern festivals. In a three month residency, Battistini has explored the Bell’s collections to learn more about extinct and threatened species in Minnesota. See her sculptures on display tonight in the Minnesota Journeys galleries.

Anna Battistini with one of her in-progress sculptures


Wednesday | October 16, 2019
5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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St Paul, 55113

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