Structures of Nature: Photographs by Andreas Feininger
Joel and Lila Harnett Print Studies Center, University of Richmond, August 21 through December 8, 2002
Presented in three parts, Structures of Nature will focus on works that fall under the following themes:
Sea Creatures, Spirals, and Symmetry (August 21 to November 24, 2002, Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature): This exhibition explores a major subject in Feininger's oeuvre - shells and other sea creatures - along with images that reveal varieties of spirals and symmetry in forms of nature.
Micro and Macro (August 21 to December 8, 2002, Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center): This installment groups photographs based on formal qualities that appear through Feininger's selective perspective. For example, a series of photographs of what look like feathers, upon closer inspection, reveal themselves as images of an insect wing, ice cubes, dendrites, and real feathers.
Plants and Patterns (December 7, 2002 to May 18, 2003, Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature): This final installation highlights another important subject of Feininger's - trees and leaves - for which he published two volumes by the same titles. This selection of photographs includes images that demonstrate pattern and symmetry in other natural things, such as snake skin, fungus, and sand dunes.
Structures of Nature is curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Assistant Director, University of Richmond Museums. Ms. Schlatter wrote the biographical essay on Feininger for the American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2000).