“The Shell Prints of Jean Charles Chenu”

Museum of Printing History offers up historical engravings that are shore to interest you

See some serious seashells in “The Shell Prints of Jean Charles Chenu.” The exhibit features a shellection (err, we mean selection) of original hand-painted, copperplate engravings from the French physician’s first book, Illustrations Conchyliologiques. These 150-year-old prints of various types of shells show Chenu’s fascination with nature’s creations. (Chenu went on to publish the Encyclopaedia of Natural History.) You can attend related lectures at 6:30 p.m. on June 4 and July 23 by Candace Clements, Professor in Art History at the University of Houston, and Tina Petway, Curator of Malacology at Houston Museum of Natural Science, respectively. Today’s opening reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through October 10. Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay. For information, call 713-522-4652 or visit www.printingmuseum.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 14. Continues through Oct. 10, 2009
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