Literary Event: Transformations

Maria Sibylla Merian in South America

Hear the brave story of one artist’s travels and evolution.

Kim Todd, author of Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis, presents a lecture on Maria Sibylla Merian’s 1699 trip to the Dutch colony of Suriname, in South America, looking at the ways her research there shaped her art and understanding of the natural world.

Book sale and signing to follow. Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition, Super Natural.


Rather than merely document beauty, artists in Super Natural engage with nature as a space for exploration and invention. The exhibition juxtaposes historical works with photographs, books, and videos by contemporary artists who share their artistic foremothers’ uninhibited view of flora and fauna.

National Museum of Women in the Arts