September 6 – December 7, 2014
The opening reception: Saturday September 6 at 2-4:30PM
Inspired by the naturalist legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, a former resident of Wave Hill House and lifelong proponent of specimen discovery and collection, Recapturing the Scenic Wilds investigates and complicates the notion of the natural history display. Comprising the work of nine innovative artists, each of whom attempts to transform the experience of the natural world into a tightly controlled scene, tableau or source of information, the exhibition unearths what this type of artificially “organic” display reveals about our relationship to nature. Works from Mark Dion ’s Provisions and Equipment – Clark Expedition series cheekily present expeditions and naturalists as specimens. Alexa Hoyer and Liselot van der Heijden exhibit voyeuristic photographs from their ongoing projects in the American Museum of Natural History, whether of artificial flora or gazing spectators.