To know the history of animals is to know the history of humanity. When we had the chance to take a closer look at The Animal History Museum we were immediately captivated by its desire to create a community, not just a museum. Their path shows not only a nuanced understanding of the "museum" itself, but reveals how those who truly love animals may have a broader, compelling sense of community. Its mission: The Animal History Museum is the first museum dedicated to understanding and celebrating the human-animal bond. Its purpose is to serve and educate the public through the creation of a museum in Los Angeles County, California, for the collection, preservation and exploration of the history, culture, science and law relating to the relationship between human and non-human animals; by presenting exhibitions, lectures and other activities that are consistent with, and supportive of, the museum’s educational goals and purpose.
While the musuem is still searching for the ideal permanent exhibition space, it has scheduled excellent summer programs for the whole family:
The Children's Workshop Series, starting 21 June
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Animals and Empire
April 7, 2014 – ongoing
Review + Interview by Miranda Nesler and Dr. Andy Flack
The exhibition “Animals and Empire” at the Animal History Museum of Los Angeles emphasizes the multivalent reliance of humans upon animals during historical moments of colonial expansion. Drawing paintings such as Jean-Leon Gerome’s 1870 “The Snake Charmer” and photographs such as Philip Klier’s 1907 “Elephants at Work” into dialogue with period-specific newspaper illustrations and advertisements, the exhibit accompanies its works with detailed analysis by history and visual arts scholars.
The online exhibition has three components, each utilizing a different lens for examining animal-human relationships within the British Empire. The first, “Imperial Species: Animals as Symbols,” explores cultural perceptions of domestic and exotic animals that shaped how artists symbolically deployed animal figures in representations of international conflict....