Exhibition open October 22, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Wild canines, including foxes, coyotes, and wolves, have held significant social and cultural meaning to humans worldwide throughout history. However, there are conflicted emotional opinions regarding these familiar predators. Foxes, for example, while prized for their beauty and their cunningness, are despised for preying on smaller livestock, such as chickens and ducks. Coyotes, a canine species native to North America, nearly brought to extinction during western settlement, are also part of some Native cultures’ cosmologies. Sometimes considered a creator, Coyote might also be wicked or a buffoon. Of all wild canines, wolves perhaps cause the most dread. Feared by ancient farmers to present day ranchers, wolves that at times prey on sheep, cattle, and other domestic animals, have also been known to kill humans. Alternatively, the famous Etruscan sculpture of La Lupa Capitolina (The Capitoline Wolf) from the fifth century BCE depicts a she-wolf caring for twins, Romulus and Remus, who founded city of Rome. Still, the one thing that all wild canines have common is a genetic relation to our own much beloved domestic dogs.
For the Love of Canines questions humans’ relation and fascination with canines, whether love or loathing, through works of art from NMWA’s permanent collection.
Spirit Totems: Sculpture by Herb AlpertLong Term Installation
In addition to being a world-renowned musician, Herb Alpert has spent more than half his life as a respected abstract expressionist painter and sculptor. Always…See the Exhibit
Exploring Wildlife ArtLong Term Installation
Featuring old favorites and never-before-seen acquisitions, this new gallery layout explores humanity’s relationship with wildlife via the art of nature.See the Exhibit