Your Space: Camouflage

March 16 - June 23, 2013

Liu Bolin’s photographs of his clothed body, painted so as to disappear into various surroundings, inspired this exhibit about camouflage in nature. Liu chooses camouflage as a metaphor for individuals and their place—or lack of it—in contemporary Chinese society. His art also reminds us of creatures for whom camouflage is a means of survival.

Here we learn that there are different kinds of camouflage, and that both predators and prey rely on blending in to thrive. Crypsis and mimesis are forms of natural camouflage that visitors are invited to explore in the Ticket Gallery. Cryptic coloration in some animals keeps them hidden in plain sight, while others also have irregular outlines that seem to disguise a creature’s form. Mimesis is a form of camouflage where an animal is visible, but because it resembles something else, such as a leaf or a twig, it is not recognized for what it is.

Large, painted wall panels present different habitats. Visitors choose from an array of animal, insect, reptile, and fish stencils to create a creature to place on one of the panels. Additional educational materials for all ages explore camouflage in depth.

Susan Calab­ria, Education Curator