Survival of the Beautiful All-Day Wonder Cabinet

  • Cantor Film Center, New York University 36 East 8th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States

A solo version of Theory of Flight is presented as part of a line up of noteworthy scientists and artists pondering the aesthetics of evolution. This All-Day Wonder Cabinet is guest curated by David Rothenberg whose recent book Survival of the Beautiful (Bloomsbury, 2011) investigates art, science, and evolution. Many of the protagonists he encountered in writing his book will join him on stage at the Cantor Film Center to debate the question of whether nature's beauty is actual, imaginary, useful, excessive, or perhaps even entirely beside the point. Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Anker, Philip Ball, Vitaly Komar, David Soldier, Jaron Lanier, and Richard Prum are among the many presenters. Events are free and open to the public. The Survival of the Beautiful All-Day Wonder Cabinet is presented by the New York Institute of the Humanities and is made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.