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 Past Exhibition

Mónica Girón: Ajuar para un conquistador
(Trousseau for a conqueror)
January 13–March 10, 1996
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This installation by Argentinean artist Mónica Girón attested to the destruction of natural habitats for many rare species of birds native to the rugged, mountainous Patagonia region, where much of the natural vegetation has been plowed under so settlers can raise sheep. Girón's installation alluded to the danger of the birds' imminent extinction in both form and content: her hand-knit wool protective attire for the ostrich, flamingo, pescador, and hummingbird, among others, ranges from brilliantly colored shrouds for elaborate plumage to leggings terminating in talon-shaped points. The result was a subtle and humorous, yet enduring message of environmental protection.