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Exquisite Creatures

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Blue and purple butterflies and iridescent beetles laid out in a circular kaleidoscope pattern
Christopher Marley, Lambent Prism, 2020, butterflies, beetles 40 in. x 40 in. © 2024 Christopher Marley |

Exquisite Creatures is a dialogue with art, nature, and science that asks the question: what is it about the natural world that calls to us? Throughout the exhibition, artist and naturalist Christopher Marley reflects on humanity’s intimate relationship with nature, revealing its intricate beauty and diversity through three-dimensional works comprised of animal, mineral, and plant specimens arranged in precise, geometric compositions. Shown together, the works create an immersive environment which inspires wonder and fosters a desire to preserve the natural world.

Crystal Bridges welcomes guests to experience the connection between art, nature, and science, emotionally and aesthetically, throughout the exhibition. The museum will activate the show’s themes through nature and science-based programming and activities both inside the museum and outdoors across its trails and grounds. The exhibition’s curatorial lead is Xuxa Rodriguez, PhD, associate curator, contemporary art.

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