Abstract # 722 Event # 1:

Scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, 2004 06:00 PM-07:00 PM: (Memorial Union Theatre) Featured Speaker


Primates in Art

S. Nash
Conservation International, Dept. of Anatomical Sciences, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8081, USA
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     Among the oldest-known artistic creations of our remote ancestors are representations of our non-human fellow earthlings. While the original purpose of those images has always been debated, their power and universal appeal is undeniable. Throughout human history, animals have been the subjects of a significant proportion of our paintings, drawings, sculptures, dances and a wide range of other forms of expression. Included among the creatures depicted are, not surprisingly, members of our own zoological order, the Primates. This talk will be an introduction to the variety of roles monkeys and apes have played in the art of the past, which reveals a lot about them and also about ourselves. I will also include examples of the current use of primate imagery for conservation education purposes and their use as flagship species, representing entire endangered ecosystems.