Eadweard Muybridge: Animal Locomotion

17th Jul 2017 - 1st Sep 2017

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19 July – 2 September 2017

A large-scale exhibition of photographs by pioneering early photographer, Eadweard Muybridge in Summer 2017. The exhibition showcases 65 collotype prints made by the artist in 1887, from his influential series Animal Locomotion, which features images of animals and people captured mid-movement.

Muybridge made his most enduring work in the project Animal Locomotion between 1884 and 1887 for the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Each plate in the series shows the same subject in sequential phases of one action. Muybridge recorded varied forms of movement in a wide range of animals, mostly taken at Philadelphia zoo, from pigeons in flight to the subtleties of gait found in sloths, camels and capybaras. Muybridge also documented human subjects walking, running and descending staircases and engaging in boxing, fencing, weight lifting and wrestling.

The works in this exhibition will collectively demonstrate how Animal Locomotion broke new ground in terms of both science and the emerging art form of photography. Muybridge’s work from this period has contributed to the science of physiology and biomechanics and the photographs have had a profound influence on a wide range of artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Francis Bacon, Jasper Johns and Cy Twombly.

 

Works

Animal Locomotion: Plate 161 (Man Leaping), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 158 (Man Performing A High Jump), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 293 (Nude Man Playing Cricket), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 160 (Man Performing Long Jump), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 374 (Two Men Forging Iron), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 322 (Man Lifting Dumbbells), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 92 (Nude Woman Ascending Staircase), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 634 (Man Riding Galloping Horse), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 596 (Horse Cantering), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 595 (Horse Pulling Gig With Rider), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 593 (Man Riding Cantering Horse), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 590 (Nude Man Riding Horse), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 582 (Nude Man Riding Horse), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 579 (Man Riding Horse), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 669 (Ox Walking), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 673 (Pig Walking), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 679 (Goat Running), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 682 (Stag Running), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 692 (Stag Running), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 706 (Dog Walking), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 713 (Dog Turning), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 716 (Cat Running), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 718 (Cat Running), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 720 (Cat Running At Speed), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 744 (Raccoon Walking), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 699 (Bison Walking), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 722 (Lion Walking), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 733 (Elephant Walking), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 735 (Two Elephants Walking), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 748 (Baboon Walking On Four Legs), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 749 (Baboon Climbing), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 773 (Ostrich Running), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 772 (Ostrich Running), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 765 (Crow In Flight), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 760 (Cockatoo In Flight), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 755 (Pigeon In Flight), 1887

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Animal Locomotion: Plate 759 (Cockatoo In Flight), 1887

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Eadweard Muybridge, Animal Locomotion