Whatcom Museum presents “Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity”

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Whatcom Museum presents “Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity”

September 8, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Cortada’s Reclamation Project to be featured in “Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity” group exhibition


September 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019; Lightcatcher

Curated by Barbara Matilsky, Curator of Art

Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity presents 80 works of art in all media, from rare books to cutting-edge video, that span the 19th through 21st centuries. It highlights artists who celebrate biodiversity’s exquisite complexity, interpret natural and human-induced extinctions of plants and animals, and focus on endangered species from diverse ecosystems. The exhibition explores art’s historic role in raising public awareness about the human activities that threaten habitats. Weaving together art, natural science, and conservation, Endangered Speciesalso features creative solutions by ecological artists who revitalize habitats and reconnect people to the rich tapestry of life.

Endangered Species highlights an international group of 52 artists who celebrate biodiversity’s beauty, interpret natural and human-induced extinctions of plants and animals, and focus on species from diverse ecosystems under stress. It also includes the work of artists who spotlight the human activities that threaten biodiversity alongside projects that revitalize habitats and reconnect people to the rich tapestry of life.

The exhibition spotlights five thematic concepts: Celebrating Biodiversity’s Beauty and Complexity: From Landscapes to Microscopic Imagery, Mammoths and Dinosaurs: Interpreting Natural Extinction, Portraits of Loss: Extinction by Human Actions, Endangered Species: Plants and Animals on the Edge of SurvivalAt the Crossroads: Destruction or Preservation of Biodiversity.

Endangered Species has been organized with the intent of impacting public discourse about biodiversity while advancing the artist’s pivotal role in building awareness. By tracing links between contemporary and earlier artists, the exhibition examines art’s contribution to an enduring cultural legacy of nature conservation. Featured artists are listed below.

Major funding for the exhibition and catalogue has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Norcliffe Foundation with additional support from the City of Bellingham,  Whatcom Museum Foundation and Advocates, Alexandre Gallery, and Heritage Bank. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

To learn more about the exhibition visit: https://www.whatcommuseum.org/exhibition/endangered-species/

Exhibit Catalogue, page 92

Ernst Haeckel (German, 1834-1919); Reef-forming coral with six-fold symmetry, from the book, Art Forms in Nature (Hexacoralla, Kunstformen der Natur), 1904; Lithographic and halftone print. Courtesy of Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology, Kansas City, MO.


Featured Artists:

Julie Andreyev and Simon Lysander Overstall; Canadian, b. 1962 and 1969

Sara Angelucci; Canadian, b. 1962

John James Audubon; American, 1785 – 1851

Brandon Ballengée; American, b. 1974

William P.C. Barton; American, 1786 – 1856

Antoine Louis Barye; French, 1796 – 1875

Daniel Beltrà; American and Spanish, b. 1964

Nick Brandt; British, b. 1964

Edward Burtynsky; Canadian, b. 1955

George Catlin; American, 1796 – 1872

Catherine Chalmers; American, b. 1957

David Chancellor; British, b. 1961

Xavier Cortada; American, b. 1964

Mark Dion; American, b. 1961

Dornith Doherty; American, b. 1957

Michael Felber; American, b. England, 1946

Madeline von Foerster; American, b. 1973

Nicholas Galanin; Tlinget/Aleut, b. 1979

Penelope Gottlieb; American, b. 1952

Ernst Haeckel; German, 1834 – 1919

Martin Johnson Heade; American, 1819 – 1904

Patricia Johanson; American, b. 1940

Chris Jordan; American, b. 1963

Harri Kallio; American, b. Finnish, 1970

Sanna Kannisto; Finnish, b. 1974

Darius and Tabitha Kinsey; American, 1869 – 1945 and 1875 – 1963

Isabella Kirkland; American, b. 1954

Charles Knight; American, 1874 – 1953

Adam Kuby; American, b. 1961

Garth Lenz; Canadian

David Liittschwager; American, b. 1961

John Martin; British, 1789 – 1854

Courtney Mattison; American, b. 1985

Daniel McCormick and Mary A. O’Brien; American, b. 1950 and 1952

Susan Middleton; American, b. 1948

David W. Miller; American, b. 1957

Macoto Murayama; Japanese, b. 1984

Edouard Riou; French, 1833 – 1900

Alexis Rockman; American, b. 1962

Christy Rupp; American, b. 1949

Joel Sartore; American, b. 1962

Preston Singletary; American Tlingit, b. 1963

Brian Skerry; American, b. 1961

Carl Strüwe; German, 1898 – 1888

Jason deCaires Taylor; British, b. 1974

Fred Tomaselli; American, b. 1956

Tom Uttech; American, b. 1942

Roman Vishniac; American, b. Russia, 1897 – 1990

Jason Walker; American, b. 1973

Andy Warhol; American, 1928 – 1987

Yang Yongliang; Chinese, b. 1980

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun; Canadian First Nations (Coast Salish and Okanagan), b. 1957


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