"Niche: Nature morte in the simulated garden"

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  • Ongoing: until Tuesday, May 13, 2008
  • Tuesday: 9:00am
  • Wednesday: 9:00am
  • Thursday: 9:00am
  • Friday: 9:00am
  • Saturday: 9:00am
  • Where: Spooner Hall, The Commons, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

Biology meets the consumer ecosystem in the art installation "Niche: Nature morte in the simulated garden." The exhibition will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday beginning Feb. 12 in the renovated main floor of Spooner Hall on the University of Kansas campus."Niche" was created by artists Marguerite Perret, a mixed-media artist and assistant professor of design at Washburn University in Topeka, and Bruce Scherting, director of exhibits and design at KU's Natural History Museum, in collaboration with Betsy Knabe Roe, a fiber-based installation artist and a visiting professor at Washburn. They recently collaborated on a multiyear interactive installation at the Wichita Art Museum titled "Prairie Earth."Images of the tree of life - as a symbolic construct and as an illustration of natural selection - pervade the installation. The result is suggestive of a strange fairy tale where the beautiful and the peculiar occupy the same space."The word niche refers to an organism's place in a biological network and also to a product's place in what marketing professionals sometimes call the consumer ecosystem," said Perret. "The work on display is a hybrid of consumer culture and the natural world."

This event was posted Feb. 15, 2008 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014

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