Obscura Society NY: The Oldest Living Things in the World - Atlas Obscura

Brooklyn, United States

Obscura Society NY: The Oldest Living Things in the World

Atlas Obscura joins artist Rachel Sussman at Pioneer Works for a discussion of her work, her travels and a closing celebration of her largest exhibition to date

For the past decade, Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Sussman has traveled the world researching and photographing continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older - The Oldest Living Things in the World.

Sussman's photographs beautifully capture the Earth's most ancient beings - organisms such as Pando, a colony of quaking aspens in Utah over 80,000 years old, half-million-year-old bacteria thriving in Siberian permafrost and a 43,600-year-old self-propagating Tasmanian shrub that is the last individual of its kind. The result is a stunning and unique visual collection of ancient organisms unlike anything that has been created in the arts or sciences before. As Sussman eloquently puts it, her exploration and photography is a search to find "the living past in the fleeting present."

Join us Sunday, November 2 at Pioneer Works for a very special closing reception for Sussman's highly celebrated solo exhibition, featuring never before seen prints and a site-specific installation of research and ephemera collected from her travels. Artist Jer Thorp, co-founder of the Office for Creative Research will join Sussman in a dialogue, delving into her work and explorations while Shoots and Roots Bitters mixes botanical cocktails inspired by The Oldest Living Things in the World.


Sunday, November 2
Presented by Pioneer Works and Atlas Obscura
159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, NY 11231; Follow the link for detailed directions.
The exhibition is on view from 12 noon to 6pm daily.
Come early to the view the exhibition; talk begins at 6:00pm
Free Admission - Advance Reservations Highly Recommended
Rachel Sussman's NY Times bestselling book The Oldest Living Things in the World, will be available for purchase on site.

Rachel Sussman has been developing the critically acclaimed project “The Oldest Living Things in the World,” for nearly a decade. She’s received numerous awards including a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, has spoken at TED, The Long Now Foundation, and UCLA, amongst others, and appeared on the air on CNN, BBC, and various public radio programs. Her exhibition record spans more than a decade in museums and galleries in the US and Europe, and her photographs and writing have been featured on global media outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and NPR’s Picture Show.

Jer Thorp is the Co-Founder of The Office for Creative Research, a multidisciplinary research group focusing on the boundaries between data, art & culture. He was the Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times from 2010-2012.