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Nature, art, and culture Intersect in new exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Mel Bochner, Measurement: Plant (Palm), 1969, live plant and tape on wall, Courtesy of the Artist.
PITTSBURGH, PA.- The natural world inspires an endless variety of human responses, with some of the most fascinating coming from contemporary artists. For its 69th installment of the Forum series, Carnegie Museum of Art presents Natural History, a playful exhibition that explores the myriad ways that contemporary artists respond to nature, showing in the museum’s Forum Gallery July 28–October 14, 2012. Organized by Dan Byers, The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Natural History showcases more than two dozen contemporary artworks in a variety of media from the museum collection, including several that are on view for the first time. The Forum Gallery is situated at the nexus of two museums—Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History—that share a common facility. For Byers, this physical location is the ideal venue to explore these two ways of knowing and navigating the world. While the Museum of Natural History’s rigorously scientific narratives display, clarify, and explain the wondrous complexity of nature, the artworks in Natural History often creatively obscure, reveling in this complexity and aiming for different kinds of truths.

The exhibition also marks the museum’s debut of Valeska Soares’s Horizontes, a grand-scale work consisting of repurposed wooden boxes, aligned to create a horizon over 40 feet long. Horizontes, which was acquired in 2010, reflects the museum’s growing engagement with Latin American art, a particular interest of director Lynn Zelevansky. Hanging nearby, fellow Brazilian Beatriz Milhazes’s swirling, organic painting Nazareth des Farinhas pulses with lively colors.

Natural History seeks to foster unexpected, energetic relationships in the interplay of these artworks, each responding to questions posed by the changing ways in which human beings interact with their environments. To invigorate this cross-disciplinary experience, scientists at Carnegie Museum of Natural History have responded in kind, placing and interpreting replicas of the same artworks in their own galleries.



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