An opening reception for the Miami University Art Museum’s exhibition “Darwin’s Firsts” will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. That date is the 150th anniversary of when Charles Darwin completed his corrections to the page proofs of On the Origin of Species.
The "firsts" appearing in the exhibition include: the earliest notice of Darwin in print (1828); the first appearance of Darwin's theory of natural selection in print (1858); Darwin's first edition of On the Origin of Species (1859); the first use by Darwin of the phrase "survival of the fittest"; and the first Darwin publication to use the word "evolution." These publications are from Cincinnati’s Lloyd Library and Museum’s Darwinian collection.
The first American edition of Darwin's Journal of Researches (1846), a popular narrative of the voyage of the H. M. S. Beagle, will be on loan from the Miami University Libraries, Special Collections.
The opening reception will include remarks by Robert Wicks, director of the art museum, and Maggie Heran, director of the Lloyd Library and Museum; a presentation on Darwin, mushrooms and Curtis Gates Lloyd by Nicholas Money, professor of botany and a Lloyd board member; also featured will be a “guest appearance” of Charles Darwin, portrayed by Tom Gregg, professor emeritus of zoology.
"Darwin's Firsts" will run through December 12. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more information contact the art museum at 529-2232 or go to arts.muohio.edu/art-museum.