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January 01, 2005

The Burke Museum Announces

2005 Exhibits

Seattle—The Burke Museum announces the 2005 season of exhibits featuring wildlife photography by Subhankar Banerjee and glass art by contemporary Northwest Native Americans.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land
June 25 – December 31, 2005
Forty-nine extraordinary photographs of the landscapes, wildlife, and people of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska by renowned photographer Subhankar Banerjee. The first person to document the life and land of the refuge through four seasons, Banerjee covered 4,000 miles to create a comprehensive portrait of the land the Gwich’in people call “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins.” The artist traveled by foot, raft, kayak, snowmobile and small plane to complete a project of a lifetime. The exhibit was designed and produced by the California Academy of Sciences with support from the Mountaineers and The Wilderness Society.

Life Abounds: Arctic Native Wildlife Art
June 25 – December 31, 2005
Selections from the Burke Collections featuring sculptures, prints, and other art objects representing the Arctic by the people of the region.

Fusing Traditions: Transformations in Glass by Native American Artists
October 1 – December 31, 2005
Nineteen Native American artists have created works of art that draw upon their rich heritage to forge a contemporary Indian aesthetic. Their work shows a clear continuity with the past in design and form while forging new statements in art using the medium of glass to reflect contemporary sensibilities. The exhibit was co-curated by Carolyn Kastner and Roslyn Tunis and was organized by the Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, California, and http://www.MOCFA.org.

Burgess Shale: Evolution's Big Bang
Continuing now through March 6, 2005
Located high in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Burgess Shale: Evolution’s Big Bang tells the story of one of the most important fossil sites in Northwestern North America. The bizarre and diverse 550-million-year-old fossils include the ancestors of all living animals, as well as mysterious and still controversial creatures, unlike any known today. The exhibit was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology. Its presentation at the Burke is sponsored by the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences and the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation.

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