Photo by Paul Mutino
Childe Hassam (American, 1859 – 1935)
Oyster Sloop, Cos Cob, 1902
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington,
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.100
Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound
November 2, 2013 - March 23, 2014
Found in estuaries around the world, oysters are a favored delicacy for humans and play a valuable role in ecosystems and economies. These unassuming mollusks have sustained Native Americans, cleaned polluted harbors, provided critical habitat, and created waterside cultures.
• Explore the science and natural history of oysters, particularly the Long Island Sound’s native Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica).
• Learn about the biology and ecology of this common bivalve and compare the Eastern oyster to other species worldwide.
• See which oysters produce the best pearls.
• Examine the tools of oyster harvesting and shucking.
• Discover the rich history of oyster fishing in the Long Island Sound and recent efforts to restore oyster beds.
The exhibition will feature hands-on interactive displays, videos, and historical objects that appeal to all ages.
The exhibition is generously supported by the Town of Greenwich Shellfish Commission, Lisette and Robert Henrey, Pramer Oyster Company, The Charles M and Deborah G Royce Exhibition Fund, and media sponsor StopTips.
The New York Times review of Oysters: Pearls of Long Island Sound reveals "intriguing facts" and "dazzling objects."
Amy McDermott in State of the Planet, from The Earth Institute, Columbia University says, "'Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound' is at once an escape from the city, and a reminder of our ties to the non-human environment. It is a breath of fresh, salty air, offering an afternoon of art and science, of peace and quiet, in an old mansion beside the sea."