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Isabella Kirkland: Stilled Life
Rendered in the crystalline clarity of 17th century Dutch still-life painters, contemporary artist Isabella Kirkland’s portraits of flora and fauna present a dazzling array of detail that straddles art history, scientific illustration and natural history.
This special exhibition brings together more than 50 of Kirkland’s works, as well as a host of preparatory drawings and studies in a variety of media. With their luscious colors and high-gloss finishes, some of which took over a year to create, these elaborate paintings celebrate decorative beauty, while at the same time delivering an arresting and timely narrative about environmental degradation and homogenization.
Shown together for the first time, the works in Isabella Kirkland: Stilled Life are sure to be of interest to lovers of art as well as scientific study. Kirkland’s work presents a seamless blend of both disciplines; with attention to the techniques of the Dutch Old Masters, as well as her meticulous approach to her subject through a scientific lens.
Related: Stilled Life Lecture Series
The Isabella Kirkland: Stilled Life Lecture Series will examine the fascinating overlap of science, history and art. Lectures are free for students and museum members, and included in museum or special exhibition admission for non-members.
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In Bloom: Selections from the Collection of The Dayton Art Institute
In conjunction with the exhibition, The Dayton Art Institute will present 20 works from its permanent collection, featuring nature in bloom. From floral still lifes to garden delights, the representation of nature’s bounty as an independent genre has flourished since the early 1600s and remains a popular subject for today’s artists. This exhibition will present some of the museum’s finest examples, as well as some lesser known works, to highlight and explore this popular genre.
Museum Members: Free
Seniors (60+), Students (18+ w/ID) & Active Military: $9
Groups (10 or more): $9
Youth (ages 7-17): $6
Children (6 & under): Free
Prices include admission to both exhibitions and the museum’s permanent collection. A $1 per transaction Historic Preservation Fee will be added to all ticket sales.
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The Isabella Kirkland: Stilled Life Lecture Series is supported by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds projects that enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation for the humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the programs do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities, or of the Ohio Humanities Council.