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Beasts of Burden: Our Complex Relationship with Animals

  • O’Hara Projects 208 East 73rd Street New York, NY, 10021 United States (map)

A  pop-up art exhibit curated by Jane O’Hara
Opening Reception:
Friday, October 20th from 5 - 8pm
Exhibit: Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and October 22nd from 11am – 6pm      

Animals have played an important yet complex role in our lives. Humans have hunted and bred animals for food, feared them as predators, revered them as spiritual beings, enlisted them as laborers, sacrificed them in scientific experiments, and prized them as pampered pets. Animals can be enlisted to fill the void in our lives where human interaction and connection to nature are inhibited. Their beauty and otherness have inspired multiple reactions—pure appreciation, the desire to own them, mold them, steal their horns and hides, and to train them to entertain us. In this group exhibit, curator and artist Jane O’Hara joins together the work of 15 artists collectively, to hold these contradictions.