The human genome project has illustrated just how close we are—biologically speaking—to the simplest forms of animal life. Mad Cow disease and bird flu have made us hypersensitive to the complexities of cross-species viral infection and food chain issues. The artists in Becoming Animal are fascinated by this thin membrane separating human and animal life, by the character of animals, by our love for animals, but also by the human capacity to treat animals with disdain and willful negligence. The exhibition was accompanied by a page hard-cover, full-color catalog with essays by exhibition curator Nato Thompson and Christoph Cox, and can be purchased here. Major support for the exhibition and related programs provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Citigroup. New commissions Mark Dion created a site-specific installation titled Library for the Birds of Massachusetts.
And lo and behold, in the midst of all the pretty pictures, he saw something disturbing: a picture of a woman, eight months pregnant, lying on a couch, her breasts exposed. Upon entering the Laura Street doors today at the Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA , I saw a large picture on display straight ahead hanging on the lower right corner of the gallery wall of a woman with bare breasts exposed and laying in a questionable position. Given that any member of the public, including children of all ages can enter, and are in fact encouraged to do so, as City Council President I take great offense on behalf of the people of Jacksonville that the City would accept this.
In , Quammen, who at 60 had just begun his career as a figure model, was just kicking off his effort to organize members of his vocation. One good turn deserves another, and so Quammen, a former advocate for the homeless , asked Clark for suggestions on how to start his figure models guild. Clark referred him to his brother, Michael V.