Friday 3/7, 5pm Salon: RISD Associate Professor of Art + Visual Culture Daniel Harkett on "A Nineteenth-Century Giraffe and Her Keepers: Exoticism and Fantasy Then and Now," part 2 of 'What use is the giraffe?' – The Evolution of Science, Society, and Spectacle in the Cosmopolitan 19th Century, a series on the giraffe who went to Paris in 1827 (learn more about the story of the giraffe here: raven2009.wordpress.com).
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