On the final day of “Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions”, here are a few highlights of the exhibition curated by Mark Dion, Katherine McLeod, and Madeleine Thompson. 〰
This exhibition brings to light for the first time an archive of images that illustrate the formation of our modern definition of nature. William Beebe (1877–1962) was one of America’s greatest popularizers of ecological thinking and biological science. Beebe literally took the lab into the jungle, rather than the jungle to the lab. The Department of Tropical Research was pioneering in that, under Beebe’s direction, women were hired as lead scientists and field artists.
Images: details of work and historic photos from the archives of Wildlife Conservation Society. You can read about these works and the exhibition in our catalog online via issuu.com.
Shared by drawingcenter (The Drawing Center) and selected for Art.