John Burroughs on Film

burroughs9-copy-headDate: Thursday, March 31
Time: 8:00
Admission: $5

For the second event of our current exhibition, John Burroughs at Slabsides, we’ll be presenting a night of images of Burroughs drawn from the archives of the American Museum of Natural History.

To begin, Barbara Mathe, the museum’s archivist, will show a six minute film of Burroughs going about his daily routine at his summer home, Woodchuck Lodge, in the Catskill Mountains. This film is unique for the time as it was filmed in color. It is the earliest color film in the collection and was made using a process called “prizma” color, in which both sides of the positive film were coated with emulsion. One side was dyed blue and green, the other side red and yellow. When projected together the image is in natural color tones.

Next we’ll show James Walsh’s twenty-four minute video Burroughs (2008), which tells the story of Burroughs’ life and was shot from hand-colored lantern slides in the museum’s archive.

As a celebration of spring and the return of the birds, we’ll close the evening with a reading from Burroughs on his favorite theme, birdsong.

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