Animal Afterlives - a taxidermy photography exhibition

Animal Afterlives: a photography exhibition on taxidermy by Alexandra Murphy

Natural history museums display and store preserved animals in such a way that they, at first glance, appear to be living, but in reality they are lifeless and fixed in position. When these specimens are photographed, their stillness becomes further frozen in time. Alexandra Murphy has photographed different taxidermy specimen collections in UK and US museums,

in an exploration of the photograph’s relationship with preservation, representation, life and death, past and present.

Sutapa Biswas: Lumen

The show will foreground Biswas’s vital contributions to the Black Arts Movement in Britain and to the shifting understanding of post-war British art. Biswas’s works visually disrupt, challenge and reimagine our present time: visual theorist Griselda Pollock said that it was Biswas who ‘forced us all to acknowledge the Eurocentric limits of the discourses within which we practise’.

Mycenae: From Myth to History

In the summer of 1955, a young Robert McCabe was given a simple assignment by Professor Alan John Banyard Wace: to create a visual record of Mycenae with his Rolleiflex camera and Plus-X film.

McCabe took some 200 photographs that year, a small number perhaps by modern digital standards but a sizeable and comprehensive record nonetheless.

Magdalene Odundo in Cambridge

Magdalene Odundo DBE is one of the greatest ceramic artists working today. Her distinctive, burnished vessels are informed by a range of art and craft traditions from around the world.

This display marks 50 years since Odundo moved from Kenya to Cambridge to take an Art Foundation Course at Cambridge School of Art. Intending to study graphic design, Odundo soon switched her focus to ceramics, inspired by Zimbabwean-born pottery teacher, Zoë Ellison. Ellison encouraged Odundo in her first attempts at making and introduced her to a number of contemporary British studio potters.

Online | Women: Makers and Muses, An Introduction

Drawing from our rich holdings of paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and sculpture, ‘Women: makers and muses’ is the first display in an on-going series highlighting work by women throughout the history of art and from across the globe.

A series of films made in response to the display in which curators offer further thoughts on featured artworks will be followed by a Q&A with Jane Munro and Rebecca Birrell.

Spotlight Gallery Talk | Magdalene Odundo in Cambridge

Join Fitzwilliam Museum Curator, Helen Ritchie, for a brief introduction (approx. 30 minutes) to Magdalene Odundo in Cambridge. Curated by ceramic artist Magdalene Odundo DBE, this display marks 50 years since Odundo moved from Kenya to Cambridge to study at Cambridge School of Art and brings together a selection of global collections from Cambridge collections with examples of her own unmistakeable work.

Please note these spotlight talks will take place at the Museum. Booking is free but necessary.