"Closely Knit: A Textile Analysis of Animals"

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Photograph Courtesy of Maja Kihlstedt
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If you haven’t seen 101 Dalmatians in a while, you might need a reminder of how downright heartbreaking the process of making a fur coat can be. In the hopes of raising public awareness of the illegal wildlife trade, Ruth Marshall—a former exhibit sculptor for the Wildlife Conservation Society—showcases her life-size, knitted textiles that replicate the pelts of tigers, leopards, coral snakes and Australian marsupials. Strikingly realistic, her works demonstrate the potential of artisan goods to have a higher commercial value than poached skins, collectively arguing for increased support for both conservation and culture. Through June 20.
Event phone: 212-360-8163
Event website: http://nyc.gov/parks
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