Hall of North American Mammals

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street

More than 25 Museum expeditions, ranging from Mexico to Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic and from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, produced the magnificent examples of North American mammals displayed in this hall. James Perry Wilson (1889-... more

More than 25 Museum expeditions, ranging from Mexico to Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic and from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, produced the magnificent examples of North American mammals displayed in this hall. James Perry Wilson (1889-1976), a master of artful illusion, painted the backgrounds for many of the dioramas at the Museum, including those in the Hall of North American Mammals. In addition to accurately capturing every detail, his paintings evoke the intangible feel of the places they depict. This is owed in part to Wilson's dizzyingly precise perspective, one of his signature qualities. In his dioramas the real materials of the foreground merge impeccably with the painted background, uniting the two- and three-dimensional into a seamless whole. Jaguar Diorama Creating these illusions involved a great deal of research. To prepare the bison diorama, Wilson traveled to Wyoming in 1938 with a scientific specialist and another artist. There Wilson made color sketches, took photographs, and collected specimens for the foreground of the scene. On his return he painstakingly reproduced the Wyoming plains on the curved walls of the diorama. Other dioramas in the... more

More than 25 Museum expeditions, ranging from Mexico to Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic and from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, produced the magnificent examples of North American mammals displayed in this hall. James Perry Wilson (1889-1976), a master of artful illusion, painted the backgrounds for many of the dioramas at the Museum, including those in the Hall of North American Mammals. In addition to accurately capturing every detail, his paintings evoke the intangible feel of the places they depict. This is owed in part to Wilson's dizzyingly precise perspective, one of his signature qualities. In his dioramas the real materials of the foreground merge impeccably with the painted background, uniting the two- and three-dimensional into a seamless whole.
Jaguar Diorama

Creating these illusions involved a great deal of research. To prepare the bison diorama, Wilson traveled to Wyoming in 1938 with a scientific specialist and another artist. There Wilson made color sketches, took photographs, and collected specimens for the foreground of the scene. On his return he painstakingly reproduced the Wyoming plains on the curved walls of the diorama. Other dioramas in the hall feature bighorn sheep, two moose locked in combat, and watchful jaguars.


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Hall of North American Mammals

Hall of North American Mammals
11/15/2018 10:00 AM
Thu, November 15
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Mammals
11/16/2018 10:00 AM
Fri, November 16
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Mammals
11/17/2018 10:00 AM
Sat, November 17
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Mammals
11/18/2018 10:00 AM
Sun, November 18
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Mammals
11/19/2018 10:00 AM
Mon, November 19
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Mammals
11/20/2018 10:00 AM
Tue, November 20
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Mammals
11/21/2018 10:00 AM
Wed, November 21
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Mammals
11/22/2018 10:00 AM
Thu, November 22
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Mammals
11/23/2018 10:00 AM
Fri, November 23
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Mammals
11/24/2018 10:00 AM
Sat, November 24
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
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American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100

Schedule

November 15, Thursday 10:00AM
November 16, Friday 10:00AM
November 17, Saturday 10:00AM
November 18, Sunday 10:00AM
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