Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans

June 18, 2021 – March 2022

“American Mine” Artist: David Maisel? Credit information: © David Maisel/ Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery.

“American Mine” features open pit mines on the Carlin Trend, the most prolific gold mining district in the Western Hemisphere. Mines from this region are the source of devastating mercury emissions, released when ore is heated during the process of gold extraction.

National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor Floor Plan

Unsettled Nature offers visitors the opportunity to explore the unparalleled, ubiquitous and still-growing mark that humanity is making on the world through 16 works of art, asking visitors to consider how they are shaping the planet and what world they envision for the future.