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  • Portsmouth Historical Society Announces the Opening of a New Exhibition, ‘From Portsmouth to Peru: In Search of Anima Mundi’

    PORTSMOUTH -- The Portsmouth Historical Society announces the opening on Friday, Oct. 25 in the upper level of the Portsmouth Academy Gallery of ‘From Portsmouth to Peru: In Search of Anima Mundi,’ a new exhibition of black-and-white photographs by Carl Austin Hyatt.
    Bringing together decades of Hyatt’s work, the show examines the ancient idea of anima mundi (the soul of the world) through two different landscape subjects--the iconic salt piles of downtown Portsmouth and  the snow-covered Peruvian Andes, the actual source of the salt.  Ancient traditions of the world conceived of the Earth as a living soul and conscious being. The indigenous peoples of Peru still embrace this vibrant reality, and Hyatt brings it to us viscerally through his photographs of their faces.

    Hyatt’s prints are in numerous public collections, including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the Currier Museum of Art, and the Addison Gallery of American Art, as well as in private collections across the United States, Europe, and South America.

    An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the upper level of the Portsmouth Academy Gallery, adjacent to the Discover Portsmouth welcome center, at 10 Middle Street.  Tickets are $15 for PHS members and $20 for non-members, and can be purchased at https://portsmouthhistory.org/carl-austin-hyatt-from-portsmouth-to-peru-in-search-of-anima-mundi/ The show opens to the public on Friday, October 25, and runs through Dec. 22.
    PHS extends its special thanks to exhibition sponsors, Granite State Minerals, Bigelow & Co., and R. M. Davis.
    About the Portsmouth Historical Society
    The Portsmouth Historical Society is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit that organization that serves the public, exploring the significance of the history and culture of Portsmouth and the world around it. PHS operates the Discover Portsmouth welcome center, and the Portsmouth Academy Gallery, both located at 10 Middle Street in downtown Portsmouth, and as well as the John Paul Jones Historic House Museum at 43 Middle Street. Discover Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Academy Gallery are open from April 1 through Dec. 22, seven days a week, and the John Paul Jones House is open Memorial Day through Columbus Day. For more information, call 603-436-8433 or visit www.portsmouthhistory.org