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James Prosek, Brook Trout

Trout, Eel, and Ocean Fish: James Prosek and the Articulation of Nature

Sunday, September 1, 2013
3:00 pm

The Clark warmly welcomes artist, writer, and naturalist James Prosek for a free lecture. Prosek discusses his work as an artist in the context of Audubon, Winslow Homer, and the American natural experience.

Prosek made his authorial debut at nineteen with Trout: an Illustrated History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996), which featured seventy of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. He has written for The New York Times and National Geographic and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his documentary about traveling through England in the footsteps of Izaak Walton, the seventeenth-century author of The Compleat Angler.

In 2004, Prosek co-founded a conservation initiative called World Trout with Yvon Chouinard, owner of Patagonia clothing company, which raises money for coldwater habitat conservation through the sale of T-shirts featuring trout paintings. His book Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Amazing and Mysterious Fish, published in September 2010, was a New York Times Book Review editor's choice, and is the subject of a documentary for PBS series "Nature" that aired in April 2013. He is currently working on a book about how we name and order the natural world.

Prosek is a curatorial affiliate of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale and a member of the board of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies.