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Living With Animals: New Exhibit Opens At Museum of Man

Living With Animals: New Exhibit Opens At Museum of Man


Erika Katayama, director of exhibits, Museum of Man

Sarah Crawford, exhibit curator, Museum of Man


Photo credit: San Diego Museum of Man

Peruvian insect dance earrings, made of beetle shells and toucan feathers. Made by Alcedes, Aguaruna, Jívaro.

A new exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park explores the relationship between humans and all those categories of animals. The museum's exhibit "Living With Animals" encourages visitors to think about how they interact with the animals around them.

Curators organized the exhibit exploring the way humans have developed categories for animals. It highlights wild animals, domesticated animals, the animals people eat and even the insects people try to keep out of their homes.

"There’s opportunity and challenges in tackling a topic like animals, but we’ve created an exhibit that feels fresh both in its whimsical, vibrant design and in its non-traditional approach to storytelling,” curator Sarah Crawford, said in a press release. “Living with Animals looks at the animals we encounter every day in our lives and homes—our beloved pets, the pests crawling through our walls, and the side of bacon we put on our plates—and asks how we decide which of these categories they belong in.”

The exhibit, which opens Saturday, also features animal-themed objects from the museum's permanent collection, including earrings from Peru made of beetle shells and toucan feathers and a wooden cage used in to house crickets in China.

Crawford and Erika Katayama, director of exhibits at the Museum of Man, discussed how the exhibit fits with the museum's mission, Tuesday on Midday Edition.


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