“From the beginnings of human life, animals have shared our universe. Their bodies have provided food, clothing, shelter, and tools, and many traditional religions assert that their spirits continue to sustain human endeavors…” –Mary Jane Lenz, NMAI 2004
For those who believe in the story of Noah’s Ark, we are familiar with the flooding and cleansing of the world. Animals, two by two, were the first to be saved. They are a part of our ecosystem; what we do to them affects our world now and in the future. With so many species of animals dwindling and dying out, we seek to highlight their many wonders— not limited to their adaptability in the face of pollution, poaching, and loss of ecosystem, and ultimately extinction. As only a few of the many inhabitants of this planet, it is our job to preserve diversity and restore the prosperity of the animal kingdom.
In the curated show Animals Real and Imagined, the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery will showcase its artists’ conceptions of both Noah’s animals and invented species alike, imagine using recycled beetle wings, feathers, and paint; glass; embroidery thread; dioramas; videos and buttons, tin foil, styrofoam, and pipe cleaners.