A new exhibition of photographs by Amy Stein is now on display at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, through October 20, 2014.
“Domesticated: Photographs by Amy Stein” explores the complex relationship between humans and animals as human civilization increasingly encroaches upon nature.
Informed by actual newspaper accounts and oral histories from residents of the small town of Matamoras in northeastern Pennsylvania, Stein’s photographs are staged scenes, often using taxidermy specimens, illustrating real-life encounters between humans and animals. A girl and huge bear stare at each other from opposite sides of a fence surrounding the family pool. Coyotes howl at a street light. Stein’s images, at the same time surreal and paradoxical, examine the increasingly permeable boundary between the human or built environment and the wild. She writes, “We at once seek connection with the mystery and freedom of the natural world, yet we continually strive to tame the wild around us and compulsively control the wild within our own nature.”
“Domesticated: Photographs by Amy Stein” is on exhibit at the recently restored NAS Building:
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Monday – Friday,
9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
For more information on the exhibition
Blog post by:
Brian Paul Clamp, Director