Artist Talk presented by Mary Vernon
Thursday, February 8
7 pm | Grace Ballroom
ABOUT THE TALK
The animal world gives us images of beings beyond human quirks and dangers. As symbols, as emblems, and as narrative figures, the animals, our cousins, are our shadow selves. The poet, Mary Oliver, said:
Yet one of Thomas Edison’s early movies is about electrocuting Topsy the elephant, while we can’t resist cat pictures on the internet, and Frans de Waal reminds us how smart they are. In a time when Barnum and Bailey promises to retire elephants rather than kill them, and Roger Thwaites and Charles Foster write books about to become animals, we should attend to animal images in film, in photography, and in painting.