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Political Animals: Public Art in American Zoos and Aquariums

Jesse Donahue

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ISBN 10: 0739111205 / ISBN 13: 9780739111208
Published by Lexington Books, 2007
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Title: Political Animals: Public Art in American ...

Publisher: Lexington Books

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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Political Animals offers a unique study and perspective on the relationship between politics and the art found in American zoos and aquariums. Jesse Donahue and Erik Trump examine the ways that zoos and aquariums have successfully served as sculptural gardens for the masses and have incorporated art and architecture that convey political messages about both the patrons and the animals. This book demonstrates how art has been used for a range of economic and political purposes including providing jobs, a medium to reach out to minority interest groups, a fundraising tool, and a surrogate for the animals themselves. Donahue and Trump skillfully analyze and compare zoos to other areas of public art to highlight the calculated strategies on the part of the zoos that have incorporated a range of artistic styles for different audiences. Incorporating photographs of zoo and aquarium art from around the country, Political Animals is an exciting and captivating text for the mind and eye.

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Jessie Donahue and Erik Trump are both associate professors of political science at Saginaw Valley State University.

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