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Taxidermy: history, art and culture

April 22, 2013

Guests: Rachel Poliquin, Beth Beverly

Walk into any natural history museum and you’ll see the animal dioramas – lions prowling the African veldt, a herd of buffalo on an American prairie, a polar bear towering over a dead seal.  And, in hunting lodges, and even home décor, an animal’s head might be mounted on the wall.   For years people have stuffed and mounted animals to display as science, art or a trophy.   This hour, we explore the history and art of taxidermy with RACHEL POLIQUIN, curator and the author of “The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing” and BETH BEVERLY, a taxidermist and artist and owner of Diamond Tooth Taxidermy in Philadelphia.


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