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ID VenueYale Center for British Art
Start DateDonnerstag, 15. Mai 2014
End DateSonntag, 10. August 2014
Name“Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower”: Artists’ Books and the Natural World
DescriptionThis exhibition examines the intersections of artistic and scientific interest in the natural world from the sixteenth century to the present. Depictions of Britain’s countryside and its native plant and animal life will be explored through more than three hundred objects drawn primarily from the Center’s collections, ranging from centuries-old manuscripts to contemporary artists’ books. “Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower” highlights the scientific pursuits in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that resulted in the collecting and cataloging of the natural world. Also investigated will be the aesthetically oriented activities of self-taught naturalists during the Victorian era, particularly those of women who collected and drew specimens of butterflies, ferns, grasses, feathers, seaweed, and shells, and assembled them into albums and commonplace books. On view will be examples of twentieth- and twenty-first-century artists’ books, including those of Eileen Hogan, Mandy Bonnell, Tracey Bush, John Dilnot, Sarah Morpeth, and Helen Douglas, that broaden the vision of the natural world to incorporate its interaction with consumer culture and with modern technologies. Works by these contemporary artists reveal a shared inspiration to record, interpret, and celebrate nature as in the work of their predecessors. The exhibition features traditional bound books, drawings, and prints, as well as a range of more experimental media incorporating cut paper, wood, stone, natural specimens, sound, video, and interactive multimedia. A number of key historic works will be on loan from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Examples of early microscopes used by natural historians will also be displayed, on loan from the Lentz Collection at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. “Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower”: Artists’ Books and the Natural World is being organized by the Center and curated by Elisabeth Fairman, Senior Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts. The accompanying book, published in association with Yale University Press, is being designed to evoke an early naturalist’s field guide.
Type of eventExhibition

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

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