Taxidermy, Art & Animals | Providence-USA | 23 janv. – 27 mars
La taxidermie et sa pratique artistique contemporaine questionnées sous le prisme de la question animale à la Galerie d’art contemporain David Winton Bell Gallery de la Brown University de Providence (USA).
Exposition : « Dead Animals or The Curious Occurrence of Taxidermy in Contemporary Art »
Du 23 janvier au 27 mars 2016
At a time when natural history museums are moving away from taxidermy, there has been a resurgence of interest in popular culture—in Internet blogs and image collections, in fashion, home décor, and advertising—as well as in art practice. Dead Animals, or the curious occurrence of taxidermy in contemporary art surveys current artistic use of taxidermy through the work of eighteen artists: Maurizio Cattelan, Kate Clark, Mark Dion, Nicholas Galanin, Thomas Grünfeld, Damien Hirst, Karen Knorr, Annette Messager, Polly Morgan, Deborah Sengl, Angela Singer, Bryndis Snæbjörnsdóttir/Mark Wilson, Richard Barnes, Jules Greenberg, Sarah Cusimano Miles, Richard Ross, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Taxidermy animals are extraordinary animal-things. As Rachel Poliquin—author of the cultural history The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Culture of Longing—affirms, “at once likelike yet dead, both a human-made representation of a species and a presentation of a particular animal skin.” The exhibition and accompanying symposium will examine the cultural history of taxidermy, social factors that have contributed to artists’ interests in the “idea of the animal,” and the ways in which these interests are manifest in artists’ works. It will question how taxidermy, with its inherent association with death, differs from the use of live animals or animal substitutes such as stuffed animals, and why taxidermy may be particularly relevant to the exploration of the human-animal question. Finally, it will examine ethical issues surrounding the incorporation of animals in art.
The exhibition is organized around four prevalent themes that draw particular strength from taxidermy—in which the fact that the animal is real and dead imparts meaning. The themes are death (both human and animal); hybrids—both animal-and-animal and animal-and-human; animal-human relations (humanity’s treatment of and effect upon nonhuman animals); and, within photographic artworks, taxidermy’s display in natural history museums.
« Taxidermy, Art, and the Animal Question : A Symposium »
Programme du 27 février 2016
- 9:30 am Petra Lange-Berndt – A Life of Its Own: Taxidermy as Craftivism
- 10:30 am Steve Baker – Beyond Botched Taxidermy
- 11:45 am Stephanie Turner – Animal Skins, Photographic Surfaces: Taxidermy as Lens Craft
- 2:00 pm Bryndis Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson – Fading Symbols, Disappearing Worlds: The Cultural Lives of Endangered Species
- 3:00 pm Cary Wolfe – Curating the Life/Death Relation: The Case of the Passenger Pigeon
- 4:30 pm Mark Dion & Robert Marbury, et. al. – Playing with Dead Things: The Ethics of Animal Bodies in Art
À noter également :
- Le 26 février 2016 à 17h30 : Rachel Poliquin – the cultural history of taxidermy from its earliest beginnings in sixteenth-century wonder cabinets to taxidermy’s unsettling reinvention in twenty-first century art.
- Le 17 mars 2016 à 17h30 : Artist Talk: Nicholas Galanin | Dead Animals, or the curious occurrence of taxidermy in contemporary art
David Winton Bell Gallery
List Art Center
64 College Street Providence, RI 02912
Tel 401 863-2932 ; Fax 401 863-9323