From Vancouver comes writer/curator Rachel Poliquin with an arresting, provocative book that's been receiving considerable attention, The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing (Pennsylvania State University Press). "The Breathless Zoo is an intriguing and poetic meditation on an unlikely subject: stuffed animals in European museums that seem so familiar and intellectually musty. Rachel Poliquin teases out of them not just a typological order but also a human longing for beauty and wonder, story and allegory. In the dead specimens she finds immortality; in their stasis, movement across the world. The result is a rich panorama of human ideas and desires." – Marina Belozerkaya. "With The Breathless Zoo, Rachel Poliquin has made a major contribution to the blossoming field of animal studies. This book is the new benchmark on the place of taxidermy in the social history of art, science, and popular culture. Marvelous, rigorous, and extensively well researched, the work is also refreshingly pleasurable to read ... For those of us thinking about animals, this is the book on the culture of taxidermy we've long awaiteda book of great innovation that slices through the history of science, blood, sports, and art." – Mark Dion.
Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue