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Losing Paradise exhibit illustration by Kim Silene
bands of color from the book Die harmonie der Farben by E. Guichard

Exhibit Cases - Color In A New Light

Location: Ground Floor, Evans Gallery
January 23, 2016 - TBA

Most of us take color for granted. We simply see it the moment that light beams from or reflects off an object, enters our eyes, and is processed by our brains. But do we stop to think what color actually is? Journeying through the collections of the Smithsonian Libraries—from chemistry to catalogs, from colorblind tests to couture—we might see color in a new light.

Collage of creatures found in a cubic foot of the ocean's mid water

Life in One Cubic Foot

Location: First Floor, Sant Ocean Hall Focus Gallery
March 4, 2016 - TBA

What can we discover in just a cubic foot of Earth? As it turns out, a whole lot! Biocubes—the life in a cubic foot of soil or water over one day—capture enough variation to explore the complexity of entire ecosystems. Through this interactive exhibition, enter the small worlds of biocubes with Smithsonian researchers and other experts as they investigate a range of marine biocubes to uncover amazingly complex relationships and important lessons for the future of our planet.

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