The Anthropocene Epoch

February 5-26, 2021
The Anthropocene Epoch


Images: Left: Tony Fitzpatrick, Black-Eyed Fight Dog, 1991, chine colle,  Right: Antonio Frasconi, Fisherman, 1953, woodcut

The Anthropocene Epoch, curated by students from the Fall 2019 Critical and Curatorial Studies class, consists of works from the University’s print collections relating to animal representation and the relationship between humans with animals. The prints exhibited in the show explore the ways humans anthropomorphize animals, the use of animals in various mythologies, the effects humans have upon both animals and the environment, and more. The prints vary in size, some being extremely small and some being life size. The works included highlight the depths of the University’s print collection and feature pieces from local and international artists. Read essays from the curatorial students on the exhibition Here.

The University of Louisville Art Collection was formally initiated in 1937, when the Carnegie Corporation of New York at the request of Dr. Richard Krautheimer, then head of the University of Louisville Department of Fine Arts, presented 104 original prints to the department. Among these were etchings by Millet, Whistler, and Rouault, and the complete set of Goya's Caprichos. The collection now numbers more than 3000 pieces, counting prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture. The collection has a twofold purpose: 1) to fulfill a pedagogical role in the University's art curriculum; and 2) to enrich the cultural resources of the University and, consequently, of the community. 



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