This exhibition is an immersive experience that evokes a profound sense of empathy with our “next of kin”— particularly those that have already gone extinct or are threatened with extinction right now. At the core of the installation are the type of specimens that you find elsewhere in the museum but presented in a way that seeks to address this other, more emotional understanding — in one instance, through Seely’s mirrored portraits of extinct or threatened animals; and in the other through the unusual presentation of museum specimens.
Next of Kin
Next of Kin: Seeing the Extinction Through the Artist’s Lens
Christina Seely in collaboration with Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler / Morris)
Matthew Patterson Curry
Harvard Museum of Natural History 2017