Apr
26
2011

Dinosaur art: One of the many dinosaur statues created during the Science Museum of Minnesota's Diggin' Dinosaurs competition in 2007. This one resided near the Lake Harriet bandshell in Minneapolis, MN.
Dinosaur art: One of the many dinosaur statues created during the Science Museum of Minnesota's Diggin' Dinosaurs competition in 2007. This one resided near the Lake Harriet bandshell in Minneapolis, MN.Courtesy Mark Ryan
Over at the Smithsonian's Dinosaur Tracking blog, dinosaur maniac Brian Switek has a cool article about a little girl named Annabelle who had visited New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) recently and was miffed that it didn't contain any dinosaurs ("You call yourself a museum", she spewed on a comment card). Switek covers the usual early and well-known dinosaur artists such as Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, Charles Knight, and Rudolph Zallinger and also mentions not only some of today's science illustrators, but also a guy I found really interesting named Allan McCollum who makes some very unusual dinosaur artwork using bone casts and other methods. He creates the dinosaur art for art's sake rather than scientific Occasionally, I've come across other dino art for art's sake, even here in the Twin Cities. Some readers will remember a few years back when the Science Museum of Minnesota held a competition called Diggin' Dinos that involved local artists painting several colorful dinosaur statues in celebration of the museum's 100th anniversary. There was a ton of dinosaur art created then, and some of the statues can still be found around the Twin Cities. Maybe the MoMA would be interested in exhibiting some of those, so next time poor Annabelle visits there she won't be disappointed.

Why the MoMA Should Have Dinosaurs

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mdr says:

Here's a link to Annabelle's comment card.

posted on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 9:45am

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