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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
Randa, Meet Clara. Clara, Randa.
Next time you visit the L.A. Zoo, keep an eye out for special signs on the exhibits featuring animals represented in Oudry's Painted Menagerie...
Aug 4, 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
Audio: Tour the Exhibition with Gallery Teacher Bryan Keene
Take a tour of Oudry's Painted Menagerie with gallery teacher Bryan Keene in this audio captured in the exhibition galleries...
Jul 10, 2007
Clara and the Ethics of a Human-Dominated Planet
As a conservationist focusing on preserving global biodiversity, I have for a long time weighed the question of right human relationship with other species. Jean-Baptiste Oudry's portrait of Clara the rhino provokes thoughts and questions in some surpr...
Jul 6, 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
Today's Rhinos: Comparing Clara's Life to Contemporary Rhinos, a Rhino Expert's Perspective, Part 2
A lot has changed since Clara went on the show circuit in Europe, inspiring Oudry to capture her essence—and perhaps the essence of the time—on canvas. In the mid-18th century, Clara’s life would hardly resemble the life of the rhinos...
Jun 14, 2007
Today's Rhinos: Comparing Clara's Life to Contemporary Rhinos, a Rhino Expert's Perspective, Part 1
I viewed the Getty’s online exhibit of Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s rhinoceros paintings with keen interest, as I am a veteran researcher of rhinos in both captivity and the wild...
Jun 12, 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
Forum: Do You Agree with Peter Singer?
Ethicist and animal rights advocate Peter Singer lectured last night at the Getty Center to a packed house. A summary of his thoughts is below; video of the lecture is posted here. Do you agree or disagree with Singer? Add your comment to weigh in...
May 25, 2007
Connecting to Ourselves Through Animals
I am continually amazed at the diversity of perspectives that people bring to the Los Angeles Zoo, where I work. On some occasions I overhear parents and teachers patiently explaining basics of evolution and natural selection to children, and on others...
May 17, 2007
It Started with a Picture: How I Discovered Clara
In the "Rhino-mania&qu...
May 7, 2007
Rhino Orthotics: Scenes from the Conservation Studios
On Friday the 13th of April, I finished the workday with cheeks sore from smiling so much. We had just uncrated one of the star loans to the Getty Center exhibition Oudry's Painted Menagerie. As layers of foam pads were cautiously removed from the inte...
May 1, 2007
Art and Science in Oudry's Animal Portraits
I keep going back to animals. They're a subject with great potential. Our interactions with them include fear, awe, respect, reverence, food (which can go both ways), transportation, companionship, pest, guide, and subject. Often, I'm just thrilled by ...
May 1, 2007