Katie McKinney | May 23

Tuesday, May 26 at 7p (CST) join us for a live, online-only edition of Polk's America!

Gray Rabbit: Old male, female, and young. Watercolor and graphite on wove paper. Purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1910. The Morgan Library and Museum (1976.12.1) 

Katie McKinney presents “I cannot help copying nature”: John James Audubon’s Quadrupeds of North America, in conjunction with our Spring 2020 exhibition.
As the publication of his masterpiece The Birds of America wound down, an exhausted but restless John James Audubon embarked on his final project to catalogue the mammals of North America. The result was The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, which comprised 150 folio color prints of American mammals, the first of its kind published in the United States. This talk will examine the creation of this under-appreciated work and its place in the study of American natural history.
Click this link: https://zoom.us/j/99162703699 on Tuesday May 26th at 7:00 PM or email thomas@jameskpolk.com for details.

KATIE MCKINNEY is the Margaret Beck Pritchard Assistant Curator of Maps and Prints at Colonial Williamsburg, where she oversees the prints, maps, and natural history collections. She holds a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (2015) and a B.A. in art history and history from James Madison University (2011.) Currently, Katie is co-curating the first map exhibition to open in the new McNamara Maps and Prints Gallery in the expanded Dewitt Wallace Museum at Colonial Williamsburg, which is set to open this year. 

Katie is a first-time presenter to the Polk’s America program.

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