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From Tusk to Tail: Animals and Art

Friday, August 29, 2008–Friday, January 30, 2009

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). Study of a Horse, 1880s. Bronze, cast executed between 1919 and 1921 from original wax, 7 5/8 x 10 3/4 x 3 1/8 inches (19.4 x 27.3 x 7.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966.

Throughout the long sage of human memory and history, animals have always been an essential part of our world: consumed as food, used for transportation or as instruments of war, personified as symbols of human behavior, appeared as protagonists in religious and spiritual stories, and offered comfort as companions and pets.

As with anything significant in the lives of humans, artists throughout time and across the continents have represented animals in their many guises—from the earliest paintings in the prehistoric caves of Europe to the often abstract images found in contemporary art. From Tusk to Tail: Animals and Art represents a cross-section of birds and beasts from around the world and is the second exhibition organized in partnership with the Buffalo Museum of Science. The Gallery is grateful to the Buffalo Museum of Science for generously lending pieces from their extensive and impressive collection of ethnographic works, which will be exhibited along with examples from the Gallery’s Permanent Collection.

Works in the exhibition will be accompanied by wall text and audio guide entries for both adults and children. It will be featured in the September 12 Gusto at the Gallery family evening entitled Family Night: Animals at the Albright-Knox, where visitors can participate in an animal treasure hunt, discover legends and myths from around the world, see live animals from Nickel City Reptiles, and take part in art-inspired puppet making.