William Wegman. Platform Shoes, 2008
On view October 19, 2013 to September 7, 2014
Located in the: Art & Nature Center
Beyond Human: Artist–Animal Collaborations features nearly 40 paintings, installations, photographs and audio and video recordings by artists who co-create or investigate art with live animals. From William Wegman's iconic photography of his Weimaraners to Mary Jo McConnell's paintings of elaborate bowerbird displays and Julia Oldham's interpretative insect dances, Beyond Human reveals the varied ways in which contemporary artists interface with animals to create original and surprising works of art. Come and explore the nature of creativity, interact with live critters and be a part of the creative process.
Beyond Human features works by the following artists: Julie Andreyev, Hilary Berseth, Catherine Chalmers, Emil Fiore, Mark Fischer, Ryan Hackett, Steven R. Kutcher, Mary Jo McConnell, Alex Melamid and Vitaly Komar, Jim Nollman, Julia Oldham, Christine Peter, Daniel Ranalli, Ken Rinaldo, Corinna Schnitt, William Wegman, Yukinori Yanagi, and Amy Youngs.
Support provided by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.
In God We Trust, 1999
Colored sand, plastic box, plastic tube and plastic pipe
17 x 40 ½ inches
Courtesy of Miyake Fine Art
Bumble Beetles (from "American Cockroach - Imposters" series), 2004
45 x 30 inchesCourtesy of the artist.
Snail Drawing: Spiral Start #9, 1995 - 2009
Daniel Ranalli. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Kayafas.
Stop by the Maker Lounge to Meet David Yann Robert, our newest maker-in-residence. Robert is currently an exhibiting artist in Branching Out: Trees as Art in the Art & Nature Center and co-founder of the Center for Children's Speculative Design. At the Open House, he and a few youth designers will talk about the Speculative Lifeforms project they are working on during Robert's residency.
Also, learn about:
- upcoming low-cost workshops for adults
- events for all ages
- the equipment and materials in the space
Share your feedback and suggestions for programs you'd like to see in the Maker Lounge. You'll also meet other makers, tinkerers, technologists, creatives and crafters here in Salem!
Included with museum admission
Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!
The Leaf Men
10:30-11 am | meet at information desk
Who are the mysterious Leaf Men and can they save the backyard from the evil Spider Queen?
COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING
10:30 am-1 pm | outside the museum
Join Branching Out artist Kyle Browne to create a forest mural along the front of the museum.
DROP-IN ART MAKING
11 am-2 pm | Create Space
Decorate a seedling pot and be ready to plant for spring! Early participants also get an evergreen tree seedling to take home.
1-3 pm, | outside the museum
Meet Branching Out artist and Maker Lounge Artist-in-Residence David Yann Robert and learn how to eavesdrop on the inner life of a tree, then create an original artwork.
DROP-IN ART MAKING
1-4 pm | Atrium
Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.