Artist Dornith Doherty, who currently lives and works in Dallas, will present a gallery talk in the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Artist’s Eye” series on Saturday, October 16, at 11 a.m. The Kimbell’s curator for Asian and non-Western art, Jennifer Casler Price, will moderate this Free in Fort Worth program.

In her most recent body of work, Archiving Eden, Doherty explores the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts. Working at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colo., Doherty used on-site X-ray equipment to photograph seeds and cloned plants. She then created digital prints featuring collaged images on blue, green, and brown backgrounds that shift in color and shape as the viewer moves past. This work questions the complex philosophical, anthropological, and ecological issues surrounding the role of science, technology, and human agency in the context of seed banks.

Doherty is professor of photography in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, Denton. Her photographs have been featured in more than 65 national and international exhibitions and are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, among others. She is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the United States Department of the Interior. 

“The Artist’s Eye” is an ongoing program moderated by Kimbell staff.  It brings artists to the Museum to discuss works in the permanent collection, share the special insights of the practicing professional, and relate older art to contemporary artistic concerns, including their own.

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