Opening Reception for Still Life: The KMA Taxidermy Collection

November 22, 2019
5:30 pm
Kamloops Museum & Archives, 207 Seymour Street

RECEPTION: 5:30-7:00 pm

Please join us on Friday, November 22, 2019, at 5:30 pm, as we open Still Life: The KMA Taxidermy Collection. This exhibition showcases the Kamloops Museum & Archives’ considerable collection of taxidermy in order to explore ideas and values that inform the practice of preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins of animals. Through artifacts, photographs, text, and participatory features, the exhibition will touch on the historical role of taxidermy in museum and scientific collections, highlight the effects of time on collection artifacts, and share Secwépemc perspectives on animals in culture.

Framing the presentation of stuffed animals through a museological lens, the show will foreground the role of taxidermy in museums and how it expresses a particular way of understanding. The exhibition will also spotlight Kamloops taxidermist T. S. Keyes and his relationship to the Kamloops Museum. His and other taxidermists’ mounts will be viewed through the notion that taxidermy occupies a unique position straddling a fundamental classification of museum objects—those that are the result of human activity and those that are not. Associated with that concept, the display will put on view the progressive effects wrought by both natural and cultural processes on its collection.