Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction Through the Artist's Lens

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 VirginaCarrie 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/La​b​. 

For more information about the exhibit, visit the Studio Art website.

Harvard Museum of Natural Science

Christina Seely's website


The John Sloan Dickey Center