UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire
Fables, Insults, and Reverence: The Animals of UND Art Collections
Exhibition dates: Jan. 22 - Mar. 31, 2019
This exhibition gives viewers the opportunity to enjoy a selection of animal-centric works of art. From the chicken-people of Francisco Goya to the horses of Walter Piehl, a variety of insects, birds, fish, and mammals have come together to tell a tale of how they have each been employed by artists across the centuries to illustrate stories, create allegory, and demonstrate their relationships with humankind.
Animals and imaginative animal creations like the griffin occupy a major presence in art, language, and literature. The history of animals in artwork is significant, perhaps beginning with Paleolithic cave paintings such as those found in Lascaux, France. As civilizations progressed globally, animal depictions evolved beyond the documentation of animals as a food source. Their roles in spirituality, religion, story telling, labor, and companionship have become richly engrained within works of art around the world.
The artworks featured in Fables, Insults, and Reverence span more than two hundred years of time. The themes included throughout the exhibition draw attention to the humor and adoration employed by a diverse selection of artists through their individual depictions of animals. Each piece of art tells a unique visual story, encouraging the viewer to study the themes represented in this exhibition while contemplating their own personal associations made with each animal.
-Sarah M. Heitkamp, Exhibition Curator
About the Gallery
Extending art beyond our campus, the UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center features modern and contemporary work by nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as significant pieces from earlier periods in art history. The Gallery is also committed to exhibiting works by local artists, acknowledging the contribution of long-standing, influential members of the regional art community.
Educational programs invite the artists and highly respected scholars and curators to discuss each exhibition with the public.
For more information, contact the UND Art Collections at 701-777-5994.
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Empire Arts Center
415 Demers Ave.
Grand Forks, ND