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Displaying Death and Animating Life: Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science, and Everyday Life

Jane C. Desmond

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226144054
eISBN:
9780226375519
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226375519.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Animal Behavior / Behavioral Ecology

In this book, author Jane C. Desmond offers a performative analysis of the social phenomena that construct human-animal relations. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Desmond explores the shared ... More


Competing Ideas, Competing Institutions: Decorative versus Scientific Taxidermy at the Carnegie and Field Museums

Mary Anne Andrei

in Nature's Mirror: How Taxidermists Shaped America's Natural History Museums and Saved Endangered Species

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226730318
eISBN:
9780226730455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226730455.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the 1890s, the United States experienced a boom in the establishment of new museums, but no two were more important than the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the Carnegie Museum of ... More


I Am Collecting Beautiful Objects: Michel Gondry’s Taxidermy of Emotions

Jenny Pyke

in ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474456012
eISBN:
9781474490672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Continuing both the examination of the materiality of objects and the employment of frameworks from contemporary art, this chapter by Jenny Pyke uses a comparison with taxidermy as an art form to ... More


“Breathing New Life into Stuffed Animals”: The Society of American Taxidermists

Mary Anne Andrei

in Nature's Mirror: How Taxidermists Shaped America's Natural History Museums and Saved Endangered Species

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226730318
eISBN:
9780226730455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226730455.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The Society of American Taxidermists (1880-1885), founded by William T. Hornaday and Frederic A. Lucas, promoted in the United States Sir William Henry Flower’s new museum idea, by encouraging ... More


Introduction: Passionate Encounters with Animals in Everyday Life—Beyond the Mainstream

Jane C. Desmond

in Displaying Death and Animating Life: Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science, and Everyday Life

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226144054
eISBN:
9780226375519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226375519.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Animal Behavior / Behavioral Ecology

In the book’s introduction, Desmond explains the terminology she will use to describe relations involving humans and animals and provides an overview of the book’s tripartite structure. She discusses ... More


Postmortem Exhibitions: Taxidermied Animals and Plastinated Corpses in the Theaters of the Dead

Jane C. Desmond

in Displaying Death and Animating Life: Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science, and Everyday Life

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226144054
eISBN:
9780226375519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226375519.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Animal Behavior / Behavioral Ecology

In this chapter, Desmond compares the phemomena of dead human and dead animal body displays and explores which aspects of the conventions of taxidermy are carried over into Dr. Gunther von Hagens’s ... More


Inside “Animal” and Outside “Culture”: The Limits to “Sameness” and Rhetorics of Salvation in von Hagens’s Animal Inside Out Body Worlds Exhibition

Jane C. Desmond

in Displaying Death and Animating Life: Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science, and Everyday Life

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226144054
eISBN:
9780226375519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226375519.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Animal Behavior / Behavioral Ecology

In this chapter, Desmond analyses the Body Worlds exhibit and the Animal Inside Out exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry in terms of the arguments they present and their potential ... More


Bringing Life to Natural History

in Modern Nature: The Rise of the Biological Perspective in Germany

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226610894
eISBN:
9780226610924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226610924.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter describes taxidermy and museum collections in relation to natural history. Philipp Leopold Martin's aim was to raise the profile of practice within natural history and simultaneously to ... More


Still/Moving: Bestiaire’s Lives in Limbo

Laura McMahon

in Animal Worlds: Film, Philosophy and Time

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474446389
eISBN:
9781474464710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474446389.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores Côté’s Bestiaire, an experimental documentary about a zoo that initially seems in thrall to Bazin’s idea that the onscreen animal reveals cinematic specificity. Exploring the ... More


Introduction

Mary Anne Andrei

in Nature's Mirror: How Taxidermists Shaped America's Natural History Museums and Saved Endangered Species

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226730318
eISBN:
9780226730455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226730455.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The taxidermists who trained at Ward’s Natural Science Establishment in Rochester, New York, in the 1870s and 1880s, formed a uniquely important cohort of “museum men” and early conservationists. ... More


“A Gathering Place for Amateur Naturalists”: Ward’s and the Birth of the Habitat Group

Mary Anne Andrei

in Nature's Mirror: How Taxidermists Shaped America's Natural History Museums and Saved Endangered Species

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226730318
eISBN:
9780226730455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226730455.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Ward’s Natural Science Establishment played a foundational role in America’s new taxidermy movement. In 1862, Henry A. Ward founded the establishment in Rochester, New York, to serve as a natural ... More


“Brightest Africa”: Carl Akeley and the American Museum’s Race to Bring Africa to America

Mary Anne Andrei

in Nature's Mirror: How Taxidermists Shaped America's Natural History Museums and Saved Endangered Species

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226730318
eISBN:
9780226730455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226730455.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In 1911, Carl Akeley assumed his new position as chief taxidermist of the American Museum of Natural History, where he hoped to bring together his improved method of taxidermy and his idea of ... More


Epilogue

Mary Anne Andrei

in Nature's Mirror: How Taxidermists Shaped America's Natural History Museums and Saved Endangered Species

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226730318
eISBN:
9780226730455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226730455.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the brief history of American museum taxidermy, the natural history museum shifted its focus from pure research to include dissemination of knowledge through exhibits and public education. The ... More


The Black and White

Sara Crosby

in When Birds Are Near: Dispatches from Contemporary Writers

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750915
eISBN:
9781501750939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750915.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter recounts how the author found a dead black-and-white warbler many years ago. It details the author's first visit to a taxidermy studio. Even though the idea of having the warbler mounted ... More


Introduction

Scott MacDonald

in The Sublimity of Document: Cinema as Diorama (Avant-Doc 2)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190052126
eISBN:
9780190052164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190052126.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The introduction creates a context for a wide range of avant-doc films (that is, films that work in the zone between conventional documentary and what has usually been called “avant-garde” ... More


Circulating Objects: Loss and Decay in the American Philosophical Society’s Cabinet

Reed Gochberg

in Useful Objects: Museums, Science, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780197553480
eISBN:
9780197553510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197553480.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The chapter explores how early American collections were consistently preoccupied with threats of loss and decay. It focuses on the American Philosophical Society’s cabinet, which was developed ... More


Specimen Collectors: Preservation and Classification at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology

Reed Gochberg

in Useful Objects: Museums, Science, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780197553480
eISBN:
9780197553510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197553480.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the early history of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology and broader conversations about the representation of the natural world as fixed and stable. While the museum’s ... More


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