Radical Kingdoms January 21 – June 18, 2017 Opening Reception: Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:00 – 6:30 pm During the 18th and 19th centuries, the American and European fascination with the collection and cultivation of uncatalogued flora and fauna species reached an apex, and with it generated possibilities for both expert and novice botanists and biologists alike, to write on the subject. Books published during this time were accompanied by abundant illustrations, drawn by both men and women, that aesthetically enhanced prose about flowers, birds and animals, further fanning interest in readers curious about the natural world. These illustrations, which captured the attention of so many during the 18th and 19th centuries, continue to captivate enthusiasts today, and inspire visual artists drawn to nature and all of its kingdoms. In the exhibition Radical Kingdoms, contemporary works are juxtaposed with early practitioners’ works, such as John James Audubon’s The Viviparous Quadrapeds of North America, and lesser-known artists of the time, such as J. Sowerby, Mary Peart, and Georg Dionysius Ehret, in order to highlight artistic similarities and formal shifts away from these traditional modes of presentation. Contemporary artists include George Boorujy, Portia Munson, Amy Ross, Juan Fontanive, Anne Siems, and works held in the Union College Permanent Art Collection by Maria Tomasula and Walton Ford. The Mandeville Gallery is located on the second floor of the Nott Memorial, and is open daily from 10 am - 6 pm. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.