The Cinema as Taxidermy: Carl Akeley and the Preservative Obsession

  title={The Cinema as Taxidermy: Carl Akeley and the Preservative Obsession},
  author={Mark D. Alvey},
  journal={Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media},
  pages={23 - 45}
  • M. Alvey
  • Published 8 February 2007
  • Art
  • Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media
Carl Akeley is a central figure in early 20th century natural history-as an explorer, a museum collector, a conservationist, and as the single most important figure in the development of the art of taxidermy. By virtue of his status as "the Father of Modern Taxidermy" and a pioneer in lifelike museum habitat dioramas, Akeley holds a place of peculiar significance in the world of museums, and indeed the history of representation. Significantly, in parallel with his taxidermic accomplishments… 
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