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Un/Natural Selections: Wildlife in Contemporary Art
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About the Exhibit

Through August 22, 2021

Un/Natural Selections: Wildlife in Contemporary Art considers the diverse ways that contemporary artists employ animal imagery to address humanity’s interconnectedness and ever-changing relationship with the natural world. Comprised of approximately 50 artworks (c. 2000-2019) exclusively from the Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition offers a wide range of works in a variety of media divided into four thematic sections: Tradition, Politics, Science, and Aesthetics. These sections act as overlapping chapters, investigating the ways we use animal imagery to tackle human concerns.

*This exhibition has been translated in Spanish.

Los animales salvajes han estado presentes en el arte desde que los artistas comenzaron a pintar imágenes en las paredes de las cavernas o a tallar figurillas en piedra. Sin embargo, en la actualidad, estamos atravesando la sexta extinción en masa, en una época conocida como Antropoceno, caracterizada por la influencia del ser humano sobre el medioambiente. En esta era, los humanos deben reconciliarse no solo con la idea de cómo sobrevivir en un entorno siempre cambiante, sino también de cómo mantener nuestra relación, en constante evolución, con la vida silvestre. Los artistas contemporáneos incluyen animales salvajes en sus obras para abordar una serie de cuestiones apremiantes, a la vez que continúan ampliando las nociones sobre el arte de la vida silvestre.

Compuesta exclusivamente de obras pertenecientes a la colección permanente del Museo, esta exposición ofrece una amplia variedad de obras en una diversidad de medios que se dividen en cuatro secciones temáticas: tradición, política, ciencia y estética. Estos campos actúan como capítulos superpuestos e investigan las maneras en que utilizamos la imaginería animal para afrontar preocupaciones humanas.

Un/Natural Selections is generously sponsored by


Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources

Maggie and Dick Scarlett Endowment, in honor of Joffa and Bill Kerr

Mays Family Foundation

Thomas and Elizabeth Grainger Family Charitable Fund

Anne and Michael Moran

Click on the images below to view some of the work that will be on display at the exhibit

What People Are Saying

We went here because one of our kids wasn't feeling too well so we looked for options that were softer than trekking (summers) , and we absolutely loved it . The art work is fascinating and beautiful and varied ...a must visit - esp if its a rainy day :)

- amazingnivs, Mumbai

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