THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: THE ALLURE OF IVORY AND ITS TRAGIC LEGACY

Carving; Japan (1880-1920); Ivory. Gift of B. H. Gabb. Whatcom Museum #1966.15.3.

September 8, 2018 – March 31, 2019; Old City Hall

In conjunction with our Lightcatcher exhibition, Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, the Museum will explore the story of ivory from pre-history to modern times, featuring a selection of ivory from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition will cover areas of research in elephant communication, the devastating effects of ivory hunting, and highlight how organizations are trying to save these incredible animals around the world.

To highlight this exhibition, the Museum will be screening a short documentary, Return to the Forest, on the successful reintroduction of Asian elephants into the wild in Thailand followed by a behind-the-scenes discussion with director Patricia Sims. All ages are welcome to attend Sat., Oct. 6, 1pm in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. The program is included with admission and free to members.