New Exciting Exhibit at the Witte – The Birds and the Bees: Pollinators in Nature, Science and Culture
The Birds and the Bees: Pollinators in Nature, Science and Culture explores the importance of pollinators through the Witte Museum’s diverse collection, featuring stunning landscapes showcased in Texas art, a wide array of flowering plants and insect specimens, fossils dating back to the Cretaceous Period, Fiesta® gowns and artifacts representing the cultural significance of pollinators. This exhibition will be on display from October 5, 2018 through March 17, 2019 in the Russell Hill Rogers Texas Art Gallery and the Laura and Sam Dawson Gallery and is included in Museum Admission.
The Birds and the Bees: Pollinators in Nature, Science and Culture will have visitors looking at pollination in an entirely new way by exploring the scientific aspects of pollinators, as well as how their beauty has impacted art and culture for hundreds and thousands of years.
This exhibition features paintings by key artists, including Julian Onderdonk, José Arpa and Mary Motz Wills. The artwork displays Texas landscapes, which give visitors an understanding of the abundance that comes from a pollinated land and the intimate connection between plants and animals.
“Looking at pollinators through the lens of Texas Deep Time over millions, thousands and hundreds of years gives the Witte Museum a rare opportunity to bring these unique artifacts together,” said Amy Fulkerson, Chief Curator of the Witte Museum. “More than 80% of the world’s flowering plants reproduce with the assistance of pollinators, which is a process that began millions of years ago, and we are excited to tell that story.”
In The Birds and the Bees: Pollinators in Nature, Science and Culture, visitors will discover the many different types of pollinators, the role of a flowering plant’s beauty for survival and an appreciation of their beauty that has attracted people and artists for thousands of years. Visitors can enhance their experience with an interactive component that explores how pollinators influence all aspects of Texas Deep Time across the Witte Museum campus and throughout Texas.
The Birds and the Bees: Pollinators in Nature, Science and Culture is presented by the San Antonio River Authority and generously supported by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.
About the Witte Museum
Founded in 1926, the Witte Museum is where Nature, Science and Culture Meet, through the lens of Texas Deep Time, and the themes of Land, Water and Sky. Located on the banks of the San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park, the Witte Museum is San Antonio’s premier museum promoting lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.