John Burroughs at Slabsides

burroughsallAn exhibition by James Walsh
ON VIEW: Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, May 1, 2011

In 1895 the nature writer John Burroughs (1837-1921) went into the woods near his home in West Park, New York, and built a simple cabin where he could write and observe nature and entertain visitors. Burroughs was then one of the most popular writers in America and was admired for his gentle, intimate, closely-observed nature essays, a form he helped create. The cabin, which he named Slabsides for the rough log slabs that covered its exterior, became both a rustic retreat where he composed many of his essays, and a favorite literary shrine for his many admirers. The cabin has been preserved as Burroughs left it and is open to the public for a day each spring and fall.

This show is presented as a visual and literary nature essay on my observations of the man and his cabin. The images are from hand-colored lantern slides in the archives of the American Museum of Natural History and the texts are drawn from his essays. There will be a series of readings and lectures throughout the run of the show.

James Walsh

Related events:
Real and Sham Natural History - James Walsh and Joshua Beckman: Thursday, March 17, 8:00 PM
“How Close Are We To Home?”: The Last Days of John Burroughs: Date TBD

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