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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
August 5, 2005

Carnegie Mellon's Regina Gouger Miller Gallery Presents the Exhibition, Animal Nature

PITTSBURGH—The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to announce the exhibition, Animal Nature, August 26 - October 2, 2005. An opening reception will take place 5-8 p.m. Friday, September 2. The Miller Gallery organized and co-curated Animal Nature with artists Lane Hall and Lisa Moline from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Animal Nature is an exhibition that developed out of an ongoing, expanding Web project entitled Criminal Animal found at www.criminalanimal.org. The exhibition, catalogue and related projects are unconventional in their approach. The project brings together artists from around the globe with scholars and critics who all are engaged in investigations of "the animal" in one way or another. Rather than positing a tight thesis, this exhibition-as-experiment contains diverse responses to open-ended questions.

"One might legitimately ask, 'Why animals?'" said Hall. "When we study animals, we study ourselves. When we represent animals, we represent our own complex mappings of nature and culture. From micro-organisms through charismatic mammals, we imagine our own health, disease, sustenance, love and loss through our understanding of Animal Nature."

The animal and animal-body have long been sites of controversial research - medical studies, pharmaceutical investigations and consumer product testing, to name a few. Animal Nature focuses on a different kind of research: poetic, empathic, personal, semiotic, formal.

According to Jenny Strayer, director of the Miller Gallery, "Animal Nature grants viewers the opportunity to see work by some of the most innovative artistic and creative minds currently working in animal studies. We've selected artists from a global perspective, with participants from Canada, England, New Zealand, Norway and Serbia, as well as the United States."

Animal Nature features the work of Edwina Ashton and Steve Baker, Catherine Chalmers, James Duesing and Jessica Hodgins, Andrew Johnson, Eduardo Kac, Dorijan Kolundzija, Lyne Lapointe, Per Maning, Olly & Suzi, Michael Pestel, Angela Singer and Stephen Wilson.

A full-color catalogue produced by the Miller Gallery will be available. It features an essay by Baker, author of "Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity and Representation" and "The Postmodern Animal" along with entries by Hall and Strayer. Exhibitions at the Miller are supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, individual sponsors, and the School of Art and College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon.

The Miller Gallery is located in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh. It is free and open to the public. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday. Visitor parking is available in the East Campus Parking Garage, located on Forbes Avenue just east of the Morewood intersection. For more information, contact Jenny Strayer at 412-268-3877 or jstrayer@andrew.cmu.edu. For more information about Carnegie Mellon, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765.

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