Animal Magnetism runs through June 5, 2011 at the John Michael Kohler Art Center and is comprised of a series of six individual exhibitions.

Animal magnetism is said to be a mysterious force that influences Homo sapiens and all other animate creatures. While humans are unquestionably drawn to one another, our fascination with and dependence upon animals races back further than history records. In evocative paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, and mixed-media works, this enthralling series explores the dynamic and shifting relationship between people and animals.

Exhibitions in this series include:

Animal Instinct: Allegory, Allusion, and Anthropomorphism
Andrew Scott Ross: Century Zoo
Tristan Lowe: Mocha Dick
Thomas Brennan: Photogenic Drawings of Birds from Natural History Collections
Mia Mulvey: Cervidae
Jim Neel: Babel

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Shonto Begay, Thaw Encounter, 1990, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 46 in.; Courtesy of Medicine Man Gallery, AZ.

Tricia Cline (NY), Ganesh Rides Pervader, 2006, porcelain, 13 x 8 x 12 in.; Courtesy of Ricco/Maresca Gallery, NY.

Rabbett Before Horses Strickland, Searching for Nokomis, 2002-2007, oil on canvas, 78 x 108 in.; Collection of Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation Purchase Fund.

Preston Singletary, Raven Transformation Mask, 2010, glass; Courtesy of the artist; Photo: Russell Johnson. Tom Uttech, Wejibadangji, 2007, oil on linen, 67 x 72 in.; Private collection, WI.

John James Audubon, Entrapped Otter (Canada Otter), ca. 1827-30, oil on fabric, 24 1/8 x 29 1/2 in.; Milwaukee Art Museum, Layton Art Collection, Purchase L1961.1; Photo: John R. Glembin.

Star Wallowing Bull, Rez Dog, 2009, 20 x 23 in., color pencil on paper; Tweed Art Museum, MN, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation Purchase Fund.

Julie Buffalohead, Hostage, 2008, mixed media on paper, 19 x 20 in.; Courtesy of Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. Mike Noland, The Long Journey (Into the Night), 2010, oil on canvas, 38 x 46 in.; Courtesy of the artist and Tory Folliard Gallery, WI.

Cynthia Consentino, Wolf Ballerina, 2008, pencil on paper, 36 x 32 in.; Courtesy of Ferrin Gallery, MA.

Laurie Hogin, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters-Diorama with Rozerem and Black Alligators, 2008, Oil on canvas, 60 x 84 in., Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery, NY.

Docent Marlene Yang leads a tour of Jim Neel’s installation, Babel, (audio, vitreous china, and mixed media), at the Arts Center.


Installation view of BILLIE GRACE LYNN: WHITE ELEPHANTS. Kamante Gatura, untitled, c. 1922-1950; gouache on paper; 11 x 15 1/8 in.; John Michael Kohler Arts Center Collection. A Mini Arts Day Camp student tours the exhibition WILD KINGDOM.

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