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Cornell University
Hirshland Exhibition Gallery of the Carl A. Kroch
Ithaca, NY
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“Man has a long history of creating ‘famous’ animals. Some are mythical or literary, like the Minotaur or Toto. Others are real animals, elevated to celebrity status like Rin Tin Tin, or more recently, Internet sensation Maru the Cat. A fascinating new exhibit at Cornell University's Carl A. Kroch Library uses rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts to explore ‘how and why humans choose to elevate certain individual animals or species to the status of divinities, emblems, mascots, heroes, or celebrities’." (Nancy Mattoon) The exhibition draws attention to the Kroch Library’s collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and other artifacts, and explores how and why humans choose to elevate certain individual animals or species to the status of divinities, emblems, mascots, heroes, or celebrities.