December 17, 2017
In 2016, Assistant Professor of Studio Art Christina Seely was invited by The Harvard Museum of Natural History through an ongoing collaboration with the Canary Project, to create a series of new works in conversation with the museum collections and to produce a multi-part exhibition focused on an emotional understanding of the pressing topic of species extinction. The invitation evolved into the exhibition entitled "Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction Through The Artist’s Lens" made up of new works, the Next of Kin portraits, a set of large-scale kinetic reflective portraits of endangered species found in the museum’s collection, that accompany Species Impact, a set of ten daguerreotype portraits of species impacted by climate change that Seely photographed in the wild between 2012-2016.
Seely's exhibition will be at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 17, 2016 to June 6, 2017. On February 22, Seely held a panel discussion with Dartmouth Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College Ross Virgina, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University, and moderated by Edward Morris, Assistant Professor in the Transmedia Department at Syracuse University and Co-director of the Canary Project/Lab.
For more information about the exhibit, visit the Studio Art website.