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Last Two Days to See Clara the Rhino
Don't miss it—the final weekend of Oudry's Painted Menagerie. Bid a farewell to Clara before she gets back in her crate for her next stop...
Aug 31, 2007
Sitting, Looking, and Being Looked At
As you enter the exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie, you'll notice that there is an area of tiered seating directly opposite Oudry's monumental life-size picture of Clara the rhinoceros. At the risk of sounding really weird, I can honestly say that I...
Aug 17, 2007
A Sensational and Sentimental Rhino, Part 2
In part one of this post I talked about animals as exotic spectacle and the ethics of display. But what did 18th-century audiences think about the sentimental life of these animals being offered for their entertainment?
Aug 14, 2007
A Sensational and Sentimental Rhino, Part 1
In the 1740s Clara the rhinoceros sailed from India into the Age of Reason. She arrived in a political world that would soon declare that "all men are created equal" without abolishing slavery or stepping back from the colonizing of Asia, Afr...
Aug 9, 2007
Touring the Collection, Part 3
There are many fascinating connections between the works of art in Oudry's Painted Menagerie and works of art in the Getty Museum's permanent collection. In part one and part two of this post, I suggested self-guided tours of portraits and animal-theme...
Jul 30, 2007
Video: Peter Singer's Lecture on Animals in Art
Watch Peter Singer's lecture on "Looking at Animals."
Jul 20, 2007
Rhinos Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
In my work as the Indian rhinoceros keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, I have the privilege to work with our rhino, a 37-year-old female named Randa, every day. She has given me a love and appreciation of her magnificent species that ...
Jul 17, 2007
Advertising an Exhibition: Oudry's Amazingly Life-Like Animals
As the ad agency for The Getty we always have great material to work with, so it wasn't hard to bring Oudry's Painted Menagerie to life. The challenge, however, was to cut through the clutter of traditional advertising....
Jun 29, 2007
Clara In the Eyes of a Zookeeper
The details in Oudry's painting of the rhino Clara—the armor-like skin on the back, the little bumps—are superb. When I look at this, I see an Indian rhino. But I see a captive Indian rhino....
Jun 21, 2007
Clara the Rhinoceros, Before and After
At the end of the exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie, you'll find an illustrated time line of the five-year painting conservation project that brought Clara the rhino back to life, restoring the tattered, faded canvas as nearly as possible to its pri...
Jun 4, 2007
It Started with a Picture: How I Discovered Clara
In the "Rhino-mania&qu...
May 7, 2007