Political Animals: Public Art in American Zoos and Aquariums by Jesse DonahuePolitical Animals: Public Art in American Zoos and Aquariums by Jesse Donahue

Political Animals: Public Art in American Zoos and Aquariums

byJesse Donahue, Erik Trump

Hardcover | February 1, 2007

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Political Animals offers a unique study and perspective on the relationship between politics and the art found in American zoos and aquariums. Jesse Donahue and Erik Trump examine the ways that zoos and aquariums have successfully served as sculptural gardens for the masses and have incorporated art and architecture that convey political messages about both the patrons and the animals. This book demonstrates how art has been used for a range of economic and political purposes including providing jobs, a medium to reach out to minority interest groups, a fundraising tool, and a surrogate for the animals themselves. Donahue and Trump skillfully analyze and compare zoos to other areas of public art to highlight the calculated strategies on the part of the zoos that have incorporated a range of artistic styles for different audiences. Incorporating photographs of zoo and aquarium art from around the country, Political Animals is an exciting and captivating text for the mind and eye.
Jessie Donahue and Erik Trump are both associate professors of political science at Saginaw Valley State University.
Title:Political Animals: Public Art in American Zoos and AquariumsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.41 × 6.28 × 0.77 inPublished:February 1, 2007Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0739111205

ISBN - 13:9780739111208

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Science for the Millions: Realistic Animals in Temples Chapter 2 Animal Art for the People: The New Deal to the 1960s Chapter 3 Making Animals Accessible Through Art: Representational Art Revisited Chapter 4 Exposing Human Violence: Postmodern Animal Art Chapter 5 The Politics of Diversity: Ethnic and Religious Art

Editorial Reviews

Overlooked by scholars but looked over daily by visitors, artworks in the nation's zoos and aquariums reveal Americans' evolving understanding of animals and themselves. In this much welcome contribution, authors Jesse Donahue and Erik Trump examine the means by which public art at the public zoo testifies not only humans' relationship to other animals. Such art engages political debates about the nature of democracy and aesthetics, about scientific research and religious belief, and,finally, about animal rights and the nature of Nature itself. Political Animals extends current discussions of the role of the arts in a democracy as it critically examines Americans' stewardship of the animal kingdom.