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Wild and desolate the desert is—at times no trace of vegetation, then scattering bits here & there. Tufts of coarse grass or dome like bunches of woody shrubs, then again vast stretches of sand or loose rock. Yet the shades of gray & brown are fascinating… The harmony of lines & curves in the dunes always gives a pleasing picture.                                                   

                                                                        -- Alonzo Pond, October 17, 1925.

The first wheeled-vehicle expedition to cross the Sahara Desert from north to south included the Logan Museum’s assistant curator Alonzo Pond’18. Pond traveled with an international team of explorers and adventurers, collecting archaeological and ethnographic material from numerous places and people. Blue Veils, Black Mountains recounts Pond’s historic journey using his diary and memoir, photographs, and objects he collected along the way.

Opens August 11 in the Shaw Gallery on the Museum’s second floor and runs through December 7, 2015.