Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Join us for an afternoon full of events including a screening of Cave of Forgotten Dreams. After the screening, visitors are invited to learn more about the Chauvet Cave from guest speaker Dr. Jean Michel Geneste, the prominent research scientist and expert featured in the film. Stick around for a chance to speak Dr. Geneste in person at the evening reception.

3-4:30pm: Film Screening
In the award-winning documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, filmmaker Werner Herzog and a small crew are given a rare chance to film inside France’s Chauvet Cave, where the walls are covered with the world’s oldest surviving paintings. To preserve the art, people are allowed to enter the site for only two weeks a year. Examining the 30,000-year-old drawings, Herzog discusses how the artwork represents humanity’s earliest dreams with scientists and art scholars conducting research at Chauvet.


Please note that Talk & Reception are SOLD OUT!


6-7pm: Talk
Predator and Prey, the Art of Chauvet
Hear Dr. Jean Michel Geneste discuss his extensive work with the Chauvet Caves in Southern France and discover how these representations served as the earliest forms of communication.
RSVP required for talk only:

7pm: Reception
Join us for a reception celebrating the incredible work of Dr. Jean Michel Geneste, Chief of Scientific Studies of the Lascaux and Chauvet Caves in France.


Free with Museum admission.


Cave of Forgotten Dreams


Sunday, September 13, 3-4:30pm (film), 6pm (seminar & reception)

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