Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Job 39:19
Over the past decade, Charlotte Dumas has created unexpected and original portraits of horses from all over the world, from army horses in Rome to burial horses at Arlington National Cemetery, from logging horses in Vermont to the wild Mustangs of Nevada. Join her and Harper’s Magazine Art Director Stacey D. Clarkson on June 24 at 7:30pm for an intimate conversation about art, empathy, and humanity’s contemporary and ancient connections to the beloved Equus caballus.
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The notion that the state of humanity can be read and studied by the way we relate to animals is a vital thread in Charlotte Dumas’ work. Her choice of subject relates directly to the way we use, co-exist with, and define specific animals, assigning various symbolisms to them as well as our own personal reflections. She’s published several books of her different portrait series, including Day is Done (2005) presenting the Roman army horses; Reverie (2006) a collection of wolf portraits and Heart Shaped Hole (2008) an account of the stray dogs of Palermo.
In 2011, Dumas received acclaim for Retrieved, a tenth anniversary commemoration of the remaining surviving search dogs that searched the sites of the WTC and the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks. In 2012, The Corcoran Gallery of Art featured Dumas’ first American institutional solo show titled Anima, spotlighting a new series produced as part of a commission by the museum – presenting the funerary horses of Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.
Her most recent work appeared in the book ‘The Widest Prairies’ (published by Oodee, London) featuring a new series Dumas shot on medium format and 4×5 inch Instant Film of the wild horses of Dayton Nevada. It approximates a cinematographic account of these undomesticated animals roaming the fringes of the foothills into the neighborhoods where peoples and animals paths cross.