please post the following 'ape' related info - thanks!

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Subject: please post the following 'ape' related info - thanks!

Exhibition dates: October 7-December 10, 1995
Opening reception: Friday, October 6, 5-7 pm
talk by Jane Goodall: Monday, November 20, 7 pm

opens List Center's 10th anniversary season

Next of Kin: Looking at the Great Apes presents work by six contemporary
US artists who examine the charged and often contradictory relationships
between humans and the great apes. Walton Ford, Daisy Youngblood, Sean
Landers, Richard Ross, James Balog and Jean Lowe either critique or look
beyond the historical archetypes which tend to dominate contemporary
consideration of our simian relatives. Through a variety of aesthetic
approaches these artists focus upon notions of what is human and what is
animal; evolutionary and behavioral links between humans and the great
apes; the institutional treatment of apes; and the ape's symbolic role
as a stand-in for aberrant or unseemly human behavior.

Colorado photographer James Balog combines portraiture and wildlife
photography in intimate and revealing portraits of chimpanzees which
focus upon their sitters' individuality and reveal striking similarities
between our two species. New York painter Walton Ford's Procrustes in
Africa examines the unseen role museums play in the accumulation of
their collections. Painted upon the backs of three free-standing crates
are scenes of a gorilla hunt, while within the coffin-like crates Ford
has arranged photographic and forensic "evidence" to further challenge
our assumptions about the museum's supposed neutrality. Sean Landers
(New York) use of the chimp in recent paintings, sculpture and video
conflates historical characterizations of apes in art with his own
constructed "loser" persona. For Next of Kin Jean Lowe (California) has
created Gentlemen's Club, a new room-sized installation which embeds
within a seemingly facile facade of faux-18th century wallpaper,
ornamental carpets and papier mache furniture a pictorial narrative
which examines the treatment of apes within the entertainment and
medical research industries. Richard Ross' (California) seductive color
photographs of museum displays address the presentation of animals as
artifacts, calling into question the outdated modes of ordering nature
which remain entrenched within our institutions. Daisy Youngblood's
(Arizona) abstracted sculptures of apes are hand-molded and baked in
fires to achieve their rough and smoky surfaces. Youngblood imbues them
with a primitive spirit in which we recognize our selves.

Next of Kin is accompanied by a 48-page catalog including full-color
reproductions of works in the exhibition and essays by exhibition
curator Ron Platt and contributing authors Harriet Ritvo and Tommy L.
Lott. The catalog is available at the gallery desk or by mail.

In conjunction with the exhibition the List Visual Arts Center will
present a special lecture by Dr. Jane Goodall at MIT's Huntington Hall
(Building 10, Rm 250) on Monday, November 20 at 7 pm. Admission is free
and open to the public; seating is available on a first-come,
first-served basis.

LIST CENTER HOURS: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 12-6; Wednesday: 12-8;
Saturday and Sunday: 1-5. Informal gallery talks by List Center
curators every Wednesday from 12:30-1:30. THE LIST CENTER IS LOCATED AT
20 AMES STREET IN CAMBRIDGE, a short walk from the Kendall Square Red
Line T Station. List Center exhibitions and events are free and open to
the public.

For information please call Ron Platt at 617 253 4400 (