Exporting PostNatural History

In addition to our permanent museum in Pittsburgh, we produce exhibitions that travel to, and sometimes partner with, other museums. Since 2008 our exhibits have traveled to Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, England, Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, Australia, and the United States.

Artificial Kunstlich. Musée de la nature du Valais, Switzerland. 2022.
Ciencia Friccion. Azkuna Society and Contemporary Culture Centre in Bilbao, Spain 11/29/22 - 2/26/23
Ciencia Friccion. CCCB. Barcelona, Spain. 2021.
Interspecies Futures. Center for Book Arts. NYC. 2021.
Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology. Gregg Museum, NCSU Oct-Mar. 2019
Spectres of the PostNatural. Seattle Art Fair (Official Selection). 2019
That was then. This is Now. Los Angeles Natural History Museum Feb-May. 2019
'Creatures Made to Measure. Animals and Contemporary Design', Design Museum Gent, Belgium. 2019
Creatures Made to Measure. Animals and Contemporary Design. Marta Herford Museum, Germany. 2018
HUMAN+ Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Italy. 2018
Moon Ark, (contribution to reliquary to be placed on Moon in 2024.
We Are Nature, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Pittsburgh, PA 10/27 – 9/15
Birdland and the Anthropocene, Peale Museum, Baltimore, MD 10/6 – 10/28
Postnaturaleza, Museum of Natural Science and Zaragoza University, Spain 9/22-11/18.
Art’s Work In The Age Of Biotechnology, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC 4/17
HUMAN+ ArtScience Museum, Singapore. 2017
Wellcome Collection. “Making Nature”. London. 2016.
DATA(After)Lives, Frick Fine Arts Gallery, University of Pittsburgh. 2016.
The Myth of the Great Outright Extraordinary! Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Artist of the Year. 2016.
That was then. This is now. University of Dundee.  Scotland. 2016.
ExoEvolution. ZKM. Karlsruhe, Germany. 2015
Human+. CCCB.  Barcelona, Spain. 2015
[macro]biologies I: the biosphere. Art Laboratory.  Berlin, Mar 2014 – May 2014.
1st Conference on Xenobiology. Genoa, Italy. May 2014.
PNO’s of the EU. Fire and Ice Festival, Brussels, Belgium. April 2014.
Intimate Science. Parsons School of Design. Feb 6 – Apr 15th, 2014.
Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, U of LA. Intimate Science. Lafayette, LA Sept 7 – Nov 30, 2013
Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design. Intimate Science. Pasedena, CA. May 31 – Aug 18, 2013
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. PostNatural Nature. April 22, 2013
Galleria Kapelica. PostNatural Organisms of the European Union. Ljubjana, Slovenia
Intimate Science.  Real Art Ways. Hartford, CT. Nov 3, 2012 – March 21, 2013
PostNatural Organisms of the European Union. Waag Society. NL. 2012.
Southern Exposure. Intimate Science. San Francisco, CA. April 20 – Jun 2, 2012.
Miller Gallery. Intimate Science. Pittsburgh, PA. Jan 21 – March 4, 2012
Science Gallery. Human+ Dublin, UK
Royal Institute of Science. Life 2.0. Australia
Z33. Alter Nature. Belgium November 2010 – March 2011
La Ville Mobile. Biennale international Design. Saint-Etienne. Nov 2010 – Mar 2011.
Verbeke Foundation. Wunderkammer.2 Belgium. May 28th – October 30th.
Model Gallery, DORM. Sligo, Ireland – May 2010
ArtLaboratory Berlin, Seized. September – November, 2009
Exit Art, NYC. Corpus Extremus (LIFE+). Feb 28th – April 18th. 2009
Center for Art and Design, 4:5 UMBC, Baltimore. Jan 12th – Mar 30th
Stills Gallery, Copy Wrong. Edinburgh, Scotland. Sept. 2008
Schenectady Science Museum. Transgenic Organisms of New York State. Schenectady, NY. Nov 1st  – Dec 31st, 2008

Artificiel Kunstlich (2022, Switzerland)

Wellcome Collection (2016, London)

We Are Nature (2017, Pittsburgh)

PostNatural Nature (2013, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)

That was then. This is now. (2019, Los Angeles Co. NHM)

Dead Ends: Curiosities in Carnegie’s Collection (2017, CMU SoA & Carnegie MNH)

The collection of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) contains over 22 million specimens of previously living organisms collected from all over the world. While the specimens were collected in disparate locations and represent far-flung branches of the evolutionary tree, they share something in common: They were all dead by the time they were assigned a catalog number and accessioned into one of the largest collections of biological diversity in the world. 

The specimens featured in this catalog are united in that Carnegie Mellon students taking the course “Mining the Museum” deemed the circumstances of their death, or after-life, note worthy. Most of these specimens were not collected during scientific research expeditions. Instead they met their demise through inadvertent encounters with civilization. These include accidental run-ins with cars, “stoning by school children”, a chance meeting with a discarded campfire marshmallow, illnesses acquired while in captivity, collateral damage from a stray Civil War era bullet, and other untimely ends. 

Whereas biological specimens are typically collected from habitats that are removed from the effects of human civilization, these specimens are direct casualties of it. They are specific testimonies in a larger, often abstract, dialogue regarding the present era of human-influenced climatic and geologic change, sometimes called the Anthropocene. At the very least, they are reminders of the unusual stories often hidden in plain sight within the drawers of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

That was then. This is now. (2015, University of Dundee Life Sciences)