This lecture is held in conjunction with an exhibition at Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe which opens on November 7th.
Chronicle Books has recently published a beautiful volume of this work, The Theater of Insects; a book signing will follow the lecture, and she will be signing books at the exhibition opening as well.
Her exhibition The Theater of Insects continues at the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC through December 10th.
From the Academies’ website:
“Beetles, butterflies, dragonflies, and other insects take the stage in Jo Whaley’s images. She arranges and photographs these entomological specimens in environments constructed in her studio, drawing inspiration from the cabinets of curiosity and natural history dioramas of an earlier era of scientific inquiry. Whaley uses color, texture, composition, and lighting to highlight the awe-inspiring and jewel-like qualities of the insects. Juxtaposing the specimens against found objects and manufactured materials such as paper, glass, paint, and metal, Whaley encourages viewers to think about the coexistence of natural and artificial environments in the modern world.
Jo Whaley’s background in theatrical design informs her artwork. In the 1980s, she was a scene painter for the San Francisco Opera and Ballet and was the head painter at the Zellerbach Playhouse at the University of California, Berkeley. She has received advanced degrees in art and photography and her work is in many major collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her book, The Theater of Insects, is being published by Chronicle Books in the Fall of 2008.”