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The Wedding Dance Pieter Bruegel the Elder
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The Wedding Dance (30.374) — Pieter Bruegel the Elder

It's a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 – Sunday, October 16, 2011

Herds of cattle and strings of ponies as well as pods of dolphins, ostentations of peacocks and lounges of lizards are just some of the subjects of more than 150 prints and drawings selected from the DIA collection to form this exhibition. Regardless of culture and despite centuries of time, artists of all generations are united in their portrayals of animals in a multitude of activities and roles. All types of animals are included, from exotic wild creatures such as Albrecht Dürer’s colored drawing from the mid-1490s of a lion, to barnyard beasts by John Steuart Curry depicting Stallion and Jack Fighting, domesticated companions in Mary Cassatt’s drypoint of people and their parrots, and Jane Hammond’s recent symbolic “butterfly migration map,” All Souls: Zungeru. This is a kid friendly exhibition with many works hung at an intentionally low level for the viewing pleasure of a younger audience.

Owl, Fox and Hare Legend, Oshaweetuk, 1959. Sealskin stencil print

This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Support has been provided by the City of Detroit.