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Behind the Scenes With The Great Animal Orchestra

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

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1:00–2:00 p.m. PT / 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

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Enjoy a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of The Great Animal Orchestra: Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists, on view through May 22, 2022. This immersive and multisensory installation celebrates our rich biodiversity through Krause’s remarkable soundscape recordings of natural environments from around the world. The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is the premier U.S. venue for this exhibition, commissioned by the Foundation Cartier. PEM Co-Curators Trevor Smith and Jane Winchell will introduce you to the artists and offer a sneak peek at this memorable and impactful experience.


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Founding Director of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center

Jane Winchell led development of the museum’s original Art & Nature Center, as well as the revamped and expanded center that opened in 2013.

Ms. Winchell has curated more than 15 popular interactive/interdisciplinary/intergenerational shows for the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), including XYZT: A Journey in 4 Dimensions (by Adrien M + Claire B); Lunar Attraction; Branching Out: Trees as Art; Eye Spy: Playing With Perception; Origami Now!; and Wild Designs, an exhibition that explored bio-inspired art, design and architecture. Her most recent work includes Where the Questions Live: An Exploration of Humans in Nature by artist Wes Sam-Bruce.

Ms. Winchell led the development of PEM’s recently revamped Art & Nature Center gallery: The Pod, which includes installations, art and creative expression that bring us closer to the nature right outside our door. She is co-curator of The Great Animal Orchestra: Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists, which opened November 20, 2021, and Down to the Bone: Edward Koren and Stephen Gorman, opening in March 2022. She is also curating Climate Action: Inspiring Change, opening April 2022, and co-leading PEM’s new Climate + Environment Initiative.

She holds a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and two graduate degrees: an M.S. in Science Communication and an M.A. in Biology, both from Boston University.

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Associate Director – Multisensory Experience and Curator of the Present Tense at the Peabody Essex Museum

Trevor Smith leads an initiative that collaborates with contemporary artists across the breadth of the museum’s activities to illuminate how creativity and cultural change emerge at the intersections of cultures, disciplines or technologies. Since arriving at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), he has commissioned works and curated exhibitions with Carlos Garaicoa, Kimsooja, Candice Breitz, Michael Lin, Charles Sandison, Nick Cave, Susan Philipsz, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests.

In 2018 he curated a major exhibition exploring the shifting role of play in contemporary art and culture. Previous exhibitions include the Singapore Biennale 2011; Wrestle and Martin Creed: Feelings for the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College; Andrea Zittel: Critical Space and the works of Brian Jungen for the New Museum; and The Divine Comedy: Francisco Goya, Buster Keaton and William Kentridge for the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Perth International Arts Festival.

He has produced over 70 exhibitions and has been published widely in exhibition catalogs and journals in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

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