Silenced Nature: The Taxidermy of the Living - McCord Museum


Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 12 p.m.

Bell jar, 1870-1890. Gift of Sandra Lang and Sarah Powell, M994.48.1.1-2 © McCord Museum

Silenced Nature: The Taxidermy of the Living


From taxidermied animals to preserved plants, Western societies have wanted to conserve and preserve nature in a presumed ideal state. Immobile creatures that appear to be alive were nevertheless killed to achieve this striking illusion.

What does taxidermy reveal about our relationship with nature?

Join the speakers as they discuss this relationship with nature by examining objects from the McCord Museum’s collections linked to this tradition. The event is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Meryl McMaster – There Once Was A Song.


Moderated by Bénédicte Ramade, Department of Art History and Film Studies, Université de Montréal.

The presentation in English will be followed by a discussion period in French and English with the audience.

The event will take place online on Zoom and will be broadcast live on the Museum’s social networks.


Free activity.
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