May 28, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Internationally renowned paleoartist John Gurche describes the extraordinary process by which he creates forensically accurate and hauntingly realistic representations of our ancient human ancestors. Inspired by a lifelong fascination with all things prehistoric, Gurche has studied fossil remains, comparative ape and human anatomy, and forensic reconstruction for over three decades. In his new book, Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins, Gurche relates how he worked with a team of scientists to depict human evolution in sculpture. He reveals the debates and brainstorming that surround these often controversial depictions, and along the way he enriches our awareness of the various paths of human evolution and humanity’s stunning uniqueness in the history of life on Earth. All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the program.