Tuesday, August 16, 2022
The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum presents a Final Lecture and Book Signing by Zoe Lescaze, Author of “PaleoArt: Visions of the Prehistoric Past.”
By Sentinel News Service
Published August 14, 2018

(Courtesy photo)



Zoë Lescaze’s recent book “PaleoArt” explores the astonishing history of how humans have reconstructed the prehistoric past. These are not cave paintings produced thousands of years ago, but modern visions of prehistory created between 1830 and 1990: stunning paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, mosaics, and murals that mingle scientific fact with unbridled fantasy. On this evening, Zoë will share a selection of artworks beautiful and bizarre, culled from major natural history museums, obscure archives, and private collections across Europe, the United States, and Russia. Her presentation books will be available for purchase night-of the program with autographs by the author.


BIO: Zoë Lescaze is a writer based in New York City, where she covers (mostly) contemporary art as a critic and journalist. She is the author of “Paleoart: Visions of the Prehistoric Past” (TASCHEN, 2017), a book about how humans have depicted prehistory and how these images often say as much about us as they do about extinct animals. She also writes about environmental issues and is the editor of The Tortoise, an annual magazine published by the Turtle Conservancy.


Lecture and Book Signing: September 6

6pm – Doors open

7pm – Talk followed by book signing

8:30pm – Program concludes


La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036




The Lecture and Book Signing is free and open to the public with advance RSVP. Visit TARPITS.org/museum/programming for registration.


Facebook: @tarpits

Instagram: @thelabreatarpits

Twitter: @labreatarpits


The asphalt seeps at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum represent the only active urban Ice Age excavation site in the world. Outside, all year long, visitors can watch paleontological excavators carefully extract fossils of animals trapped in the seeps 10,000 to 50,000 years ago in both Project 23 and Pit 91. The mid-century Observation Pit, the first museum in Hancock Park, is refurbished and opened for all museum guests. Inside, visitors see the next step of the paleontology process, as scientists and volunteers clean, repair, and identify fossils in the transparent Fossil Lab. The museum displays the final result: extraordinary specimens of saber-toothed cats, mammoths, dire wolves, and mastodons, as well as fossilized remains of microscopic plant remains, insects, and reptiles. For more information, call (323) 857-6300 or visit www.tarpits.org.


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