THE ANIMALS LOOK BACK AT US - Opening Reception and Artists Gallery Talk
Exhibition Dates: February 22 - March 24, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 23, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Artists Gallery Talk: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 3:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm,
or by appointment on Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
For the first time in the history of art, the animals look back at us in art imagery. Their gaze is direct, a direct address, a one-to-one relationship. The animals are fully present in all their living wholeness, vulnerability, intensity, and even ferocity. They are their very own being rather than merely there for our admiration or projected needs. The artists in this exhibition are in the vanguard of a new movement, which by resonating with the inner life of animals, is opening up a vital dialogue with our fellow sentient beings.
Curated by Sara Lynn Henry. Sara is an independent curator and art writer concerned with art, nature and science matters. She is also a Professor of Art History, Emerita, and N.E.H. Distinguished Teaching Professor of Humanities, Emerita at Drew University.
The artists in the exhibition are: Terri Amig, Catherine Chalmers, Sue Coe, Lee Deigaard, Mary Frank, Jan Harrison, Gillian Jagger, Isabella Kirkland, David Marell, Gwynn Murrill, Christy Rupp, Janice Tieken, Eva van Rijn.
Introducing the Animals We Live With - Saturday, March 23, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
A discussion with the audience by Curator Sara Lynn Henry and Naturalist Spider Barbour about the animals we live with, in our back yards, our neighborhoods, on our farms, up the mountains, and in our homes. Who are they? What is our experience with them? How do we see them and they us? Which are increasing and which decreasing in presence? In the process, we shall also introduce the animals in the works of art and see what they have to say. Questions about animal consciousness and emotions will come up. The event is a collaboration between Byrdcliffe and the Woodstock Land Conservancy.
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