Like other carnivorous plants, the pitcher plant (Nepenthes rajah) traps insects for a meal. But what sets this species apart from the more famous Venus flytrap? It also occasionally snares vertebrates, including small mammals! Its sizable pitcher, a modified leaf, can contain up to 1 liter of fluid, which is often enough to drown small critters that happen to fall in. Powerful digestive acids are then released to help the plant break down and absorb its prey. Insects are attracted to the pitcher plant because of its scent, while small animals such as shrews or geckos may mistakenly seek a drink or shelter in the pitcher. Photo: Attenboroughi
Can one photograph tell a whole story? Find out at “Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes,” open now through April 30. http://bit.ly/2GBcMzM
Cecilia Beaux’s two-year-old niece and favorite model, Ernesta Drinker (1892–1981), clutches the hand of her nurse, Mattie, whose figure is boldly cropped at the waist. The radical composition and free brushwork reflect Beaux’s appreciation of paintings by Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas. Moving at her toddler’s pace across a wide expanse of polished floor, Ernesta is a spiritual descendant of Diego Velázquez’s royal children, simultaneously dignified and vulnerable. Mattie’s hand serves as a universal symbol of protection and security, and the large expanse of her apron sets the scale for the child’s diminutive figure. http://met.org/2DFkAgQ Featured Artwork of the Day: Cecilia Beaux (American, 1855-1942) | Ernesta (Child with Nurse) | 1894
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Liliane Lijn sees the world in terms of light and energy. The American-born artist is recognised for pioneering the interaction of art, science, technology, eastern philosophy and female mythology. What do Lijn's forms make you think of? Liliane Lijn, Koan-Cuts II 1971. https://goo.gl/1iMRMU
"Prurience," an experiential entertainment about pornography, makes its US debut at our performing arts series Works & Process at the Guggenheim beginning Tuesday, March 20. Created by British writer and performer Christopher Green after interviewing neuroscientists, sociologists, addiction experts, and therapists, "Prurience" takes a playful look at how sex and pornography are consumed. Read more about the production and purchase tickets: https://gu.gg/2G6dGXj.
Wild Florida with Carlton Ward Jr.: Discover Florida’s hidden gems with National Geographic Explorer Carlton Ward Jr. as he paves his way through forests, swamps, rivers and ranch lands hidden to the public eye. Tickets on sale now for March 20: http://bit.ly/2p8BRe7