I went to a talk by Clottes when he was in Atlanta last year.  He's fantastic.  Definitely go if you have the chance.


Valerie Hayes
Terrapene Studios Photography and Natural Science Illustration    

--- On Fri, 3/26/10, Karen Johnson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Karen Johnson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [SCIART] FW: Cave Art lecture, Field Museum April 10
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Date: Friday, March 26, 2010, 11:58 PM

Here’s an opportunity brought up by Marlene Donnelly.


Karen Johnson


From: Marlene Donnelly [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2010 1:24 PM
To: [log in to unmask]; Karen Johnson
Subject: Cave Art lecture, Field Museum April 10


Hi Suzanne and Karen,

Here's a nice opportunity at the Field Museum-- a Saturday April 10 lecture by a major cave art expert- should be cool.  Would you like to post this to the chapter?  If so, should probably be done asap;(.  If there's enough interest I can see about getting chapter members in free (the lecture is free with museum admission, but rsvp is necessary as space is limited).



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Date: Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 9:29 AM
Subject: [FMAA] Fwd: Sixth Leakey Lecture, on Saturday, April 10

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From: Robert Martin

I am writing to ensure that you know that Dr. Jean Clottes (formerly Scientific Advisor for Prehistoric Parietal Art to the French Ministry of Culture) will be giving a public lecture at The Field Museum on Saturday April 10th. This sixth Leakey Lecture, entitled Paleolithic Cave Art, is once again jointly sponsored by The Leakey Foundation and The Field Museum, with generous support from the Segal Family Foundation II. The event is free of charge to museum visitors who have paid the basic admission fee. The lecture will begin at 1:00 pm in the Simpson Lecture Hall on the ground floor of the museum (immediately adjacent to the West Entrance). A copy of a flyer announcing the lecture is attached herewith.

Here is a brief description of the content of the sixth Leakey Lecture: Dr. Clottes played a leading part in the study of two of the most renowned prehistoric painted caves discovered to date: the underwater Cosquer cave, discovered in 1985 in seaside cliffs near Marseille, and the spectacular Chauvet Cave, discovered in 1991. Focussing on the Chauvet Cave in the Ardéche region of France , Jean Clottes will explain the complexities of the subject, his experience and knowledge gained from viewing cave paintings around the world.

Jean Clottes has published numerous books on cave art. The most directly relevant to the lecture are:

1996: The Cave Beneath the Sea: Paleolithic Images at Cosquer by Jean Clottes & Jean Courtin. Harry Abrams , New York .

2001: Chauvet Cave: The Discovery of the World's Oldest Paintings
by Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel Deschamps, Christian Hillaire & Jean Clottes. Thames & Hudson

A new book by Jean Clottes, simply entitled Cave Art, is due to be published by Phaidon Press at the end of this month.

If you would like to read a general book about cave art, I can thoroughly recommend The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists by Gregory Curtis, published by Anchor. Together with my colleague Jim Phillips, I co-led a Field Museum tour of Palaeolithic cave sites in northern Spain and southern France
last September, and I found the Curtis book eminently readable and very useful. To complement those book recommendations, here is a link providing a full description, with images, of Chauvet Cave : http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/chauvet/jean-clottes.php. A similar link for Cosquer Cave is as follows: (http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/cosquer/cosquer2.html).

Thanks to your support in the past,  the jointly sponsored Leakey Lectures (one in spring and one in fall) are now  firmly established as a continuing series. We are expecting a large audience at the upcoming lecture and have therefore arranged to move to a much larger lecture theatre.  So please help us to fill it by advertising this lecture as widely as possible and encouraging people to attend.

yours truly

Bob Martin

Prof. Robert D. Martin
A. Watson Armour III Curator of Biological Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago , IL 60605-2496

Tel: 001-312-665-7809 (direct)
Fax: 001-312-665-7193


Marlene Hill Donnelly
Scientific Illustrator, Dept. of Geology
Field Museum
(312) 665-7638


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