Currently on view in the Administrative Hallway is a portfolio of miniature photographs by Dick Lane. Specimens, 2000 is no. 9 of a limited edition of 15 portfolios containing 15 images and an artist’s statement.  The experience is much like visiting the vault of a natural history museum to see the drawers of carefully stored specimens of bones, birds, frogs, seedpods and feathers. While there is beauty in their order and in the intricacies of their forms, it is Lane’s thoughtful arrangements that elevate them from science to art.

Specimens, 2000, DICK LANE, Gift of the artist. 2001.023

Specimens, 2000, DICK LANE, Gift of the artist. 2001.023

On the opposite wall hangs Jules Kischenbaum’s Skulls, c. 1989, and the two works compliment one another nicely. Kirschenbaum’s depiction of a variety of skulls and bones mirrors multiple objects found in Specimens, but the drawing’s scale and seemingly random pile of these relics creates an interesting juxtaposition.

Skulls, c. 1989, JULES KIRSCHENBAUM, Museum purchase. 2009.002

Skulls, c. 1989, JULES KIRSCHENBAUM, Museum purchase. 2009.002