For Immediate Release

New Robert Gardner Anthology: Just Representations

(Cambridge, Sept. 8, 2010) Dr. Johnson is famously quoted as saying “nothing can please many, and please long, but just representations of general nature." Just Representations, Robert Gardner's new book published by the Peabody Museum Press and Studio7Arts, is a collection of Gardner’s short prose pieces about film and anthropology.

“Gardner is fascinating to read,” writes editor Charles Warren in his introduction. “He puts himself into difficult and telling situations, goes where most of us want to go, at least mentally, and gives account with his eye for important detail and, always, his penchant for evaluating the motives that drive people.” The book includes daily journal entries written while Gardner lived among the Bushmen of the Kalahari, a sketch for a fiction film based co-written with the poet Ted Hughes, and essays on the Dani of New Guinea and on filmmaking itself.

Gardner is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and author whose works have entered the canon of nonfiction filmmaking. Gardner’s films include the documentaries Dead Birds and Forest of Bliss; among his books are The Impulse to Preserve: Reflections of a Filmmaker and Making Dead Birds: Chronicle of a Film. In the 1970s Gardner produced and hosted “Screening Room,” a series of more than one hundred 90-minute programs on independent and experimental filmmaking. The series, considered an invaluable historical record of modern cinema, has been transferred to digital format for archival preservation by the Museum of Film and Broadcasting in New York City. Robert Gardner received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Harvard University and was director of the Film Study Center from 1957 to 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Just Representations will be published in October 2010 by the Peabody Museum Press and Studio7Arts. The book will be available for purchase at the Museum and may be ordered by sending an e-mail to or by calling (617) 495-4255. Just Representations by Robert Gardner, edited by Charles Warren, with an essay by Caleb Gardner. Paperback.

Related Harvard Film Archive Reception and Film Series
Robert Gardner will appear in person at a reception at the Harvard Film Archive on Friday, October 29 at 5:30 PM in the Sert Gallery of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (24 Quincy St., Cambridge). The reception will be followed by a screening of Gardner’s film Still Journey On and other new work at 7 PM. Just Representations will be available for purchase at the reception. The reception, sponsored by the Peabody Museum, and screening are part of Still Journey On: The Films of Robert Gardner, a film series by the Harvard Film Archive running October 15–November 8, 2010.

About the Peabody Museum Press
The Peabody Museum began issuing monographs, archaeological research reports, and other publications related to the Museum’s collections and scholarly activities in 1888. Today, the Peabody Museum Press publishes the unique resources of the Museum and the work of its affiliated scholars. The press’s books include works in Old and New World archaeology, zooarchaeology, biological and sociocultural anthropology, indigenous arts, anthropology and aesthetics, and material culture. The press also publishes exhibition catalogues and the work of the Robert Gardner Photography Fellows and Gardner Visiting Artists.

Most Peabody Museum Press books are distributed by Harvard University Press. They may also be purchased directly from the Peabody Museum or from local booksellers.

About the Peabody Museum
The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world with one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. It is home to superb materials from Africa, ancient Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, Oceania, and South America in particular. In addition to its archaeological and ethnographic holdings, the Museum’s photographic archives, one of the largest of its kind, hold more than 500,000 historical photographs, dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and chronicling anthropology, archaeology, and world culture.

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Just Representations by Robert Gardner. Edited by Charles Warren. Essay by Caleb Gardner.

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Reception at the Harvard Film Archive on Friday, October 29 at 5:30 PM in the Sert Gallery of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (24 Quincy St., Cambridge). The reception will be followed by a screening of Gardner’s film Still Journey On and other new work at 7 PM.