Wednesday, December 14, 2011
5 p.m. Reception & Book Signing
6 p.m. Lecture
The APS Museum celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with a talk by art historian, cultural critic, and New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik. Fans of Gopnik’s diverse contributions to the magazine know that his interests range from Darwin to dogs and from John Stuart Mill to Babar. In his new book, The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food, he writes that the fifty years from 1780 to 1830 were “when the world that we think of now as Parisian came into being.” Gopnik will discuss how the same post-Revolutionary scientific and cultural changes examined in the Museum’s current exhibition on French natural history gave rise to a world renowned gastronomy. Recently UNESCO enshrined French cuisine as a part of the “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.” The lecture is at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be open for viewing beginning at 4:30 p.m.
RSVP by December 9
museum [at] amphilsoc [dot] org or 215-701-4421