Many objects in “Animals, Collected” have never been exhibited before. The exhibition features a selection of architectural images depicting animals – both real and mythological – which have been used as decorative elements on municipal buildings, monuments, churches and warehouses. The panoply of objects with images of animals are presented in an innovative way in groupings by their habitats: on land, in the sea and in the air, as well as those born of the imagination.
Visitors can extend their exploration of animal imagery in the museum beyond this exhibit by engaging in a museum-wide scavenger hunt, looking for animals such as eagles, horses and lions, all of which symbolize character traits, which may vary over time and across cultures.
“We hope that this exhibition and the related activities will inspire visitors to take note of the buildings around us and to reflect on the reasons why images of particular animals have been chosen to adorn various buildings,” Bristol said. “The“ Animals, Collected ”exhibit is multi-layered and can be of interest to visitors of all ages. While adults and teens may be interested in symbolic iconography, younger ones are excited to find animals, especially their favorites.
“House and house”
The “House & Home” exhibition includes an array of photographs, objects, models and films that take visitors on a tour of houses – both familiar and unexpected – from the past and present, which can broaden their perspective. concept of what it means to be at home in America. The exhibit features interactive “Please Touch” reconstructions made from a variety of materials used in residential construction over the years, from adobe bricks to Structural Insulation Panel (SIP) systems. Plus, intricate scale models feature iconic residential architecture, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House that echoes its natural surroundings, and the 100-story Hancock Center that includes 700 condominiums above Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.