Exhibitions

William Wegman. Platform Shoes, 2008

Beyond Human: Artist–Animal Collaborations

On view October 19, 2013 to September 7, 2014

Located in the: Art & Nature Center

Beyond Human: ArtistAnimal 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. 

 

 

Images

William Wegman. Platform Shoes, 2008

William Wegman. Platform Shoes, 2008

In God We Trust, 1999

In God We Trust, 1999

Yukinori Yanagi

 

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

Bumble Beetles (from "American Cockroach - Imposters" series), 2004

Catherine Chalmers.

C-print 

45 x 30 inches

Courtesy of the artist.

Snail Drawing: Spiral Start #9, 1995 - 2009

Snail Drawing: Spiral Start #9, 1995 - 2009

Daniel Ranalli. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Kayafas.

Sunrise No. 1, 2004

Sunrise No. 1, 2004

Steven R. Kutcher. Courtesy of the artist.

Noppakhao #087, 2012

Noppakhao #087, 2012

Painting done by an elephant. Courtesy of the Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project founded by conceptual artists Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid. www.elephantart.com

Related Events

Birding in the Land of the Midnight Sun ›
ART & NATURE PROGRAM
Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:45pm
Reservations not required

Free

Wildlife photographer Shawn Carey shares images and stories from his summer in Iceland, where he visited fjords, grasslands and lava fields. Co-sponsored by the Essex County Ornithological Club. A business meeting of the ECOC is held from 7:30-7:45 pm.

 

 

The Big Draw and Sizing It Up Mash-Up ›
WEEKEND FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10am - 4pm

From massive to minuscule, explore art and nature on a vast scale! PEM combines the opening of Sizing It Up and the annual Big Draw Festival for a lively day of art and investigation. 

 

DROP-IN ART MAKING

Mega Heart Meets Mini Heartbeats
10 am-4 pm | Atrium 

Explore Marilu Swett's giant abstract heart and add your own heartbeat drawing to the inside of the sculpture. 

 

Tinkering with Scale
10 am-4 pm | Maker Lounge 

Doodle in 3-D, make a pattern with a pantograph and tinker with tools and techniques for making drawings big and small. 

 

ARTIST DEMONSTRATION

Nail Scale Art
10 am-12:30 pm and 1-3:15 pm | Atrium 

Pick a nail for Nina Park to use as the canvas for one of her mini scenes. Animal face nail stickers are available for younger guests. 

 

STUDIO DISCOVERY

Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes at a Grand Scale
10 am-4 pm | Create Space 

Discover why marine microbes are called tiny giants as you investigate live organisms and create your own scale-warping art. Scientists and artists are on hand to share ideas, answer questions and help with your creation.

Made possible by American Dental Partners

 

FILM

Mysteries of the Unseen World
11 am-4 pm, runs hourly | Morse Auditorium
Recommended for families with children ages 3 and up 

Discover events in nature that are not visible to the human eye. From microscopic creatures to actions that occur in only a millisecond, this film gives us a peek into the unseen.

39 minutes, 2013. 

Further Reading