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Frenemies - Animals in Art

06/07/2013 to 08/04/2013
Curated by Stephen Margulies, Volunteer Curator

Are animals our friends or our enemies? Are we ourselves animals or are animals alien to us? Although humans have defined themselves through their "superiority" to animals, we admire them, love them, and have often turned them into myth, allegory, or even divinity. Scientists have long studied animals and learned from their abilities. Artists have always been enthralled by the beauty, power, and strangeness of animals, and, at the same time, their similarity to humans. Animals help us to explain our humanity, as they are seen as representing either the demon or the deity within us. In both science and myth, the human and the animal blend and separate. This exhibition will feature work by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Albrecht Dürer, Claude Lorrain, Eugène Delacroix, Jacques Lipchitz, Weegee, Sam Abell, and many others in a variety of media that engage these issues and more.

The Fralin Museum of Art's programming is made possible by the generous support of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Arts$, Albemarle Magazine, and Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book.

Summer 2013