The Peale Center is pleased to announce the opening of “Compensation for Loss”, a collage exhibition featuring the works of Anna Fine Foer. The exhibition will run from March 18 to April 30, 2023, with an opening reception on Sunday, March 19 from 2-4 pm.

Anna Foer Fine’s works re-imagine the Renaissance cabinet of curiosities for the present, combining traditional collage, digital media, and painting to explore the pressing issues of loss, adaptation, and survival in the natural world. The exhibition comments upon historic and contemporary scientific inquiry into biological and mineral realms and how our current understanding may be viewed as primitive in the future.
The collages presented in “Compensation for Loss” use images of extinct or endangered species, geological records, and human inventions to reimagine their survivability and compensate for loss. Some of the works also illustrate events from the Peale family history and the building itself, which was the first purpose-built museum in the New World and had its own cabinets of wonder. “Compensation for Loss” is a thought-provoking exhibition that challenges us to think about our impact on the natural world and our ability to adapt and survive.

Additionally, a series of twelve collages illustrating the history, lore and science of Tulipmania will be on display. Tulipmania and cabinets of curiosity relate thematically; they are both products of the Age of Exploration and more specifically, the Dutch dominance of trade routes.

Programming associated with the exhibition includes an informal artist talk on 26 March, on 16 April a naturalist from Maryland Natural Society will present a specimen show and tell, and on 23 April there will be a conversation with scientists, naturalists, environmental activists from Brazil, NIH, Johns Hopkins, Loyola and Pearlstone.

Financial support for the exhibition was provided by the Tree of Life Artist Grant, the Puffin Foundation, and the Maryland State Arts Council.

The exhibition will be open to the public during museum hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 3-7 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

For more information about “Compensation for Loss” and The Peale Center, please visit Contact: Anna Fine Foer Phone: 443-994-4582 Email: [email protected]

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