Calendar Name: Cultural Events
Event Category: Ward
Start Time: 05:00 PM
End Time: 07:00 PM
Weekday(s): Friday
Start Date: Friday, October 11, 2013
End Date: Friday, October 11, 2013

» Exhibit: Resurrection: The Taxidermists Art

September 20-January 12
Exhibit: Resurrection: The Taxidermists Art
Ward Museum, LaMay Gallery; Reception: Friday, October 11, 5-7 p.m.

Taxidermy, from the Greek for arrangement of skin is the art of preparing and mounting the skins of animals for display and as sources for study. The practice has its roots in embalming and preservation methods familiar to the ancient Egyptians, but developments by European apothecaries in the middle ages, as well as 17th-century innovations for mounting birds, have contributed to a contemporary art form in which anatomically accurate figures incorporate every detail of a species in artistically interesting poses that consider the animals natural behavior. Today, works of taxidermy serve simultaneously as trophies of the hunt, objects of scientific study, and works of art. Artists may take on flights of imagination through the creation of imaginary or anthropomorphic creatures. View works of historic and contemporary taxidermists as the museum traces the history and possibilities of this enduring art form.