Become Aware of Your Environment By Young Curators: Irie C., Janine M., Jennifer D., Kasandra C.

Our Purpose:

The purpose of our exhibition is to make sure visitors who come to the museum would experience the four elements of nature(air, water, earth, wood) through our collection. Our exhibit would be to bring a sensory understanding of nature to the visitors. We would have an interactive environments where there will be a pond to represent water, a tree to represent wood, a grass and sandy area to represent Earth and a room with all the windows open to represent air. We want them to become more aware of the environment around them, to appreciate the natural world they live in. We want the visitors to get insight and knowledge out of the artworks at our exhibition. We also want them to walk away with a clear understanding of nature, things like extinction, global warming, and the landscapes around the world.

Our Exhibition Model:

Here are some of our artworks:

Bay at Sunrise by Dong Kingman (1940)

This artwork portray what a sunrise look like in the break of dawn of the Bay Area. Dong Kingman wants to depicts ”the sun's ray breaking through the thick morning fog and awakening life dependent upon the bay. This artwork was used as the first five prints of the San Francisco Chronicles. The medium used in this artwork is lithograph.

I think Dong Kingman probably drew this drawing because he wanted to show the beauty and symbolism of a sunrise. A sunrise can represent new beginnings and life, which is something Dong probably wanted after he came back from China to return to the United States., his birthplace.

Sutro Park by Dong Kingman (1939)

This artwork is a painting of Sutro Park, Dong Kingman made this painting as an remembrance of the Sutro Park that was destroyed by the Works Progress Administration, which he work there as an artist. The medium of this artwork is pencil and watercolor.

He drew this drawing as an remembrance portray of the Sutro Park that was destroyed by the Works Progress Administration, which he work there as an artist. I think he wanted to portray the beauty of Sutro Park as a memory that he won’t ever forget.

About the Artist:

Dong Kingman was born in Oakland, California on March 31, 1911. He is the son of Hong Kong immigrants parents. He went to school in Hong Kong and excelled at calligraphy and watercolor painting. His teacher would give him the name "King man" because he was striving to become an artist. His name was “King Man”, which means scenery and composition in Cantonese. He studied with Szeto Wai, who he considers as his “first and only true influence.” His first exhibition was at the San Francisco Art Association during 1936. Dong Kingman was the “ first American artist to be featured in a solo exhibition following the resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China when the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China.”

A Rushy Shore” by Peter Henry Emerson

This picture is taken in a swap area in London, England in 1886. It was one of the many photos of his book called “Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads.” Peter wanted to show how the grass is aligned with their reflections in the water, which give off a vertigo feeling to the photo.

About the Artist:

Peter Henry Emerson was born on March 13, 1856, in Encrucijada, Cuba, which was near his father’s sugar plantation that he spends most of his earlier life. He moved to England in 1869, after his father’s death. He went to Cranleigh School and was seen as a scholar and athlete there. In 1885, he got his medical degree from Clare College in Cambridge. He got his first camera in 1882, he would use as a tool to help him with his bird-watching trips with his friends. He was part of the London Camera Club and was elected to be the Council of the Photographic Society. He soon became a photographer and writer and abandoned his career as a surgeon.

Stray Dog by Daido Moriyama (1971)

This artwork was created in 1971 in Misawa, Aomori, it is part of Daido's “Nippon gekijō shashinchō” collection that show the darker sides of urban-life and the less-seen parts of cities. This black and white picture itself makes the dog look as if it’s about to growl or bark at the photographer, the dog in this work is obviously the focus. Its fur looks unkept and a bit dirty. The medium of this artwork is photography, gelatin silver print. The meaning of this artwork was to show a part of the lesser known places in industrialized cities and the darker side of urban-life.

About the Artist:

Daido Moriyama was born in Ikeda City, Osaka, Japan in 1938. Before moving to Tokyo in 1961 to meet the members of VIVO, he studied photography at the Takeji Iwamiya Studio in Osaka. He later became an assistant to Eikoh Hosoe, and gained access to the Tokyo photo through this position.

Eyes of a Jumping Spider by A.W. Bawtree (1870-1880)

This photo uses depth of focus as the spider’s face is more visible than the background and the rest of its body. The spider itself looks very fuzzy due to it’s fur. This photo is taken with contrast in color (mostly shades of brown) in mind. The material used to create this piece is albumen stereograph. There is no meaning to the work but perhaps its meaning is to show the interest the artist had.

About the Artist:

A.W. Bawtree was a wealthy insurance broker who worked near London. He was an amateur microscopist with an interest of botany and entomology. Bawtree was born in 1857, but sadly died in 1922. Most of his works were gifts to those who were close to him (such as family and colleagues) as research shows that A.W. did not advertise sales or showing any exchanges in magazines.

For Sale by Joseph Cornell

This artwork shows a picture of an owl inside a tree.This artwork is small, representational, and intensely personal. The medium of this artwork is printed text and photographic reproduction.

About the Artist:

Joseph Cornell is a self taught artist. He is best known for his box construction, he created his pieces of work when American art privileged large scale abstractions. Most of his artwork is based on fairytales and mythology, and make references to natural science, astronomy, ballet, opera, and Hollywood films.

Burning Pile of Trees and Barren Hill (1956)

This artwork is from the series Death of a Valley by an artist named Dorothea Lange. This photo shows the aftermath of a tree that got burn down. This was taken in 1956 and was printed in 1960. The medium of this photograph is gelatin silver print.

About the Artist:

Dorothea Lange was born on May 26 in 1895 in Hoboken , New Jersey. Dorothea was diagnosed with polio at the age of seven. She sees this as a way of growth and appreciates it saying that “ It was the most important thing that happened to me, and formed me, guided me, instructed me, helped me and humiliated me.” At Columbia University, she studied photography and over the years started working with many photographers as a trainee. In 1918, she started living in San Francisco and had her own successful portrait studio.

Ithaca,New York (2001)

This artwork is called Ithaca, New York from the series called the Other Nature. The medium of this artwork is inkjet print. This art piece was created in 2001. This photo was acquired by SFMOMA in 2012.

About the Artist:

Ron Jude was born in Los Angeles in 1965 but grew up in rural Idaho. In 1988, he acquired a bachelor of fine arts at Boise State University in Boise,Idaho. In 1992 he graduated with a master of fine arts from Louisiana State University and in 1991 he went to NYU Tisch school of the arts.

An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Collar of Thorns) (2001)

The photograph is a portrait Frida Kahlo who is wearing thorn necklace which represent the pain Frida Kahlo felt his husband infidelity and the bus accident she had as a teen. The medium is chromogenic color print.

About the Artist:

Yasumasa Morimura was born in Osaka,Japan 1951.He went to school graduated in 1978 from Kyoto City University of Art. He took classes like: photography, painting, drawing, and computer digital image. During the 90’s, he designed clothes for this Asia fashion designer, Issey Miyake, which gained him a really important international attention. His artworks were exhibited Melbourne Festival in Australia.

Tasbih by Zarina Hashmi

The theme of this artwork is based on Hindu culture. Zarina Hashmi want to show the importance of religion. The use of media are maple wood with sumi ink, specks 22 carat gold leaf and strung on black leather cord.

About the Artist:

Zarina Hashmi was born in Aligarh, India 1937. She lives and work in New York city. Her education is earn a degree in mathematical before studied in Thailand and France Paris 1958.


We want our audience to have a fun learning experience at the museum. To insure visitors have fun, the exhibition will have multiple interactive environments using the artworks. This way the visitors have the chance to interact with nature before experience each artwork. The only way for the visitors to enjoy the exhibition fully, is to go to the museum and experience it for themselves.

People in our generation tend to not notice the natural elements of our world. They all are occupied on their phones and don't have the time to appreciate the elements of nature. We just want the people of our generation to take a break from their busy life, that is full of technology and take time to understand nature, which is what they can do in our exhibition.


To promote our exhibition, we will also make a social media campaigns and post them on Instagram and Facebook to spread the word and gain more audience.


We will also make posters and advertise the posters at schools, community events and recreational centers. Our posters will be bright and colorful, the posters will also have a sneak peak of our exhibition.


One business that will sponsor our exhibition would be Home Depot because they have the materials we need to build our interactive environment in our exhibition. Materials such as plants, sand, and wood will be used.

Our other business sponsors for our exhibition would be The Sierra Club. Their goals is to educate and empower people to protect and improve the natural and human environment which relates to our exhibition’s theme.


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