The Evolution of Wildlife Art
October 12 2013 - April 27 2014
Darwin’s Legacy: The Evolution of Wildlife Art examines the interchanges between science and art. In the field of wildlife art, these connections run particularly deep. Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking work on the evolution of species spurred subsequent generations of artists to closely examine the natural world around them. How an animal functioned within and adapted to its environment became as important as an accurate depiction of how it looked. Beginning with Joseph Wolf and continuing with Bruno Liljefors, European artists were keen observers and recorders of a wide range of species. Connections between scientists and artists have continued to this day. This exhibit will examine the connections between science and art from the 1800s to today, ending with contemporary examples by artists such as Lars Jonsson, Bart Walter, and Laney. This exhibit is located in the Gilcrease and Changing Visions Galleries.