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Wild: Michael Nichols
June 27, 2017 - September 17, 2017
Mrithi, silverback mountain gorilla, Virunga Mountains, Rwanda, 1981
A sneak peek at works featured in the exhibition
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Wild: Michael Nichols
June 27, 2017 - September 17, 2017
“It’s all about respect for the natural world.”—Michael Nichols

Explore the work of legendary photographer Michael Nichols: artist, technical innovator, and ardent advocate for preserving natural habitats. Be transported through the split-second magic of images captured in some of the most remote areas of the world. Nichols’s stunning photographs offer intense confrontations with the power and fragility of the wild and a reflection of our own humanity.

For more than three decades, Nichols has ventured to the farthest reaches of the world to document nature’s wildest creatures and landscapes. As an award-winning photographer for National Geographic, he has recorded animals and habitats in locations as expansive as the Congo Basin, the Serengeti, and the American West with an unparalleled intensity.

This exhibition presents Nichols’s most important projects, highlighting his artistic accomplishments, technical innovations, and efforts to preserve wild spaces. His photographs will be shown with depictions of nature from the Museum’s collection, inviting visitors to consider humankind’s complex, and often brutal, relationship with the wild.

Wild coincides with a major new book about the artist, A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols, soon to be published by Aperture Foundation.



What is wild?



“What is wild? It is the essence of what I believe in. It means untamed. It means free. And it is the thing that most human beings have no concept of, because we think that we are in charge. The fundamental thing we have to do in this whole game is put that idea, that need to be in control, aside.”

—Michael Nichols



Encounters with Nature in the Collection

Reclining Nude



Nature has long been a source of inspiration for artists. Explore images of the wild in this selection of works from the Museum’s collection, including animal sculptures and paintings, landscapes, and works carved from ivory and bone.

Sponsors

Support for this exhibition is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts with additional support from Leslie Miller and Richard Worley, Lynne and Harold Honickman, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Anderson, Constance and Sankey Williams, and The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund.

Curators

Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center; and guest cocurator Melissa Harris

Location

Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries and the Great Stair Hall, first floor

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