June 5 – September 20, 2015
John Brady Print Gallery
Sea Life, 2013, a sculpture by contemporary artist Mark Dion, replicates an itinerant bookseller's portable stall, such as those seen along the banks of the Seine. The painted wood case on legs opens up to reveal 236 old and new books on oceanography, marine biology, commerce, travel, boating, and adventure novels written in dozens of languages, as well as postcards and prints, each on having something to do with the sea. This sculpture forms the heart of the exhibition, which also features work that includes fish, coral, whales, and sea monsters; sea gods and Biblical stories; fishermen, sailors, ships, and ports; the ocean's surface and depths; beach scenes; the shore and tides; and seafood.
Amy N. Worthen, curator of prints and drawings, organized the exhibition.