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Picturing Animals

The central premise of Picturing Animals with Dr. Keri Cronin is that the ways in which animals are represented have very real, concrete, and material implications for the ways in which they are treated. The power of visual imagery to shape dominant attitudes about animals or, conversely, to challenge common understandings about them is something that those who advocate on behalf of animals need to think critically about. This column will alternate between images from previous eras and those produced in our current times to underscore this point.

The Ghosts of Our Meat: Dickinson College Honors Sue Coe
November 27, 2013

The Ghosts of Our Meat: Dickinson College Honors Sue Coe

I was delighted to hear that Sue Coe was recently named this year’s winner of the prestigious Dickinson College...

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Animal Artists: Enrichment or Exploitation?
November 25, 2013

Animal Artists: Enrichment or Exploitation?

This autumn the work of an artist by the name of Pockets Warhol went on display at the Gladstone...

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Sirens of the Lambs: Art, Activism, and Cultural Invisibility
October 16, 2013

Sirens of the Lambs: Art, Activism, and Cultural Invisibility

As I was nearing completion of my undergraduate studies in Art History, I had a crisis of conscience. As...

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Nonhuman Animals: Eat, Test, Love
October 2, 2013

Nonhuman Animals: Eat, Test, Love

Animal Liberation, Peter Singer’s classic text, has influenced countless activists since it was first published in 1975. It has...

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Vivisection and the Politics of Sight
September 16, 2013

Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Vivisection and the Politics of Sight

Recently the 2013 Open the Cages (OTC) tour made a stop in my hometown. This year marks the second...

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Cartoons and the Timelessness of Animal Activism: A Convivial Afternoon of Humane History & Merriment
August 7, 2013

Cartoons and the Timelessness of Animal Activism: A Convivial Afternoon of Humane History & Merriment

On Saturday, July 6, 2013, I gave a talk at a special event organized by the National Museum of...

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More than a Painting: The Old Shepherd’s Chief Mourner and the Seeds of Early Animal Advocacy
July 15, 2013

More than a Painting: The Old Shepherd’s Chief Mourner and the Seeds of Early Animal Advocacy

Whenever I am in London I make a trip over to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in South...

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Curating Compassion
June 12, 2013

Curating Compassion

Recently, I have been thinking about the ways in which museums, galleries, and exhibitions can function as a space...

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Landfill Dogs
May 24, 2013

Landfill Dogs

This spring I attended the Living With Animals conference at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) (which you may have heard...

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Animal Histories in Contemporary Media Art
May 6, 2013

Animal Histories in Contemporary Media Art

What is the role of history in contemporary art and activism? In what ways can the past shape or...

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Four Stages of Cruelty
March 18, 2013

Four Stages of Cruelty

One of the things that makes the history of visual culture so compelling to study is discovering the links...

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