Presented by San Francisco Ferry Building's SHACK15,
The National Women's History Museum based in D.C, and Women Connect4Good
Exhibition ran in San Francisco November 2022-January 2023 and will travel to New York in 2024
"In Human Nature, I look at what happens when we step back to view ourselves within the expansiveness of nature and time through the lens of feminism, neuroscience, ecology, and philosophy. I consider how this scale realignment can change our perspective, offer context, reveal absurdities, and evoke humility, insights, and awe."
- Tiffany Shlain
DENDROFEMONOLOGY The Feminist History Tree Ring
will be installed on National Mall in DC Nov 1-4
Reclaimed Deodar Cedar Wood Sculpture | 60" x 55" x 3"
“I have always been fascinated by the tree ring timelines at the entrance of Muir Woods or any National Park. They illuminate how the trees are a witness to human history. However, I also felt like those timelines tell a colonialist and patriarchal story. The tree rings in Human Nature imagine what alternate histories could be told…starting with a feminist history tree ring." - Tiffany Shlain
“Tiffany's feminist and eco-philosophical perspective continues to probe and celebrate the wonders of being human."
-Kathy Brew, Guest Curator Doc Fortnight, The Museum of Modern Art New York
"Tiffany has long embraced her role as a creator to affect change through art and storytelling.
-Jennifer Herrera, The National Women’s History Museum, Washington DC
"Dendrofemonology offers itself as a bullseye for collective action."- Ms Magazine
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About Human Nature
The Human Nature exhibition includes 24 artworks:
Mixed Media Lightboxes (3 sizes, from 108" wide to 16.5" inches wide)
Reclaimed Tree Ring Sculptures
Large-scale Photography (Archival pigment print on acid-free paper)
Large-scale Vinyl Matte Prints
Mixed Media Lightboxes
1 of 12 in the exhibition
ROE V. WADE
Mixed Media Lightbox, Editions of 4
72” x 108” x 3.2”
24” x 36” x .6”
11” x 16.5” x .6”
Large-Scale Vinyl and Photography
2 of 5 in the exhibition
Archival print on acid-free paper
68” x 44”
47” x 31”
36” x 24”
Large-Scale Vinyl Matte
196" x 98"
130” x 65”
86” x 43”
About The Tree Rings
There are six tree rings in the exhibition exploring different topics from climate change, neuroscience, the evolution of knowledge and more.
A centerpiece of the exhibition is DENDROFEMONOLOGY, in which Shlain subverts the traditional tree ring timelines by rewriting history from a feminist point of view.
50,000 BCE: goddesses are worshiped.
2400 BCE: Mesopotamian law declares: “If a woman speaks to a man out of turn, her teeth will be smashed in by a burnt brick.”
1993: Women allowed to wear pants on the floor of the US Senate.
Roe v. Wade is overturned, eviscerating federal protection of reproductive rights in the United States.
Globally, 65 countries have legalized abortions, four in the last year.
The National Women's History Museum in Washington DC, one of the presenters of the exhibition, took the text burned into the feminist history tree ring DENDROFEMONOLOGY and made it interactive, going deeper into some of the lines here.
Honored by Newsweek as one of the "Women Shaping the 21st Century," Tiffany Shlain is an artist, activist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, national bestselling author, and the founder of the Webby Awards. Working across mediums, from sculptures, films, to performance, Shlain's work explores the intersection of feminism, philosophy, technology, neuroscience, and nature. The Museum of Modern Art in New York premiered her one-woman spoken cinema show, Dear Human, and her recent art exhibition, Human Nature, was presented by the National Women’s History Museum. The centerpiece sculpture from that show, DENDROFEMONOLOGY, A Feminist History Tree Ring, will be installed on the National Mall in DC Nov 1-4 and a large-scale photograph of the work is part of the de Young OPEN at the de Young Museum of Fine Arts this fall. The Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York will be presenting her Human Nature solo exhibition in 2024. Shlain is also creating an exhibition with Ken Goldberg for the Getty Museum's Pacific Standard Time: Art & Science Collide art initiative at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles set for Oct 2024.Her awards and distinctions include selection by the Albert Einstein Foundation for their Genius100 list, the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Intellectual Activity, and inclusion in NPR’s list of best commencement speeches. Shlain is known for her dynamic cinematic talk experiences and performs internationally. Her films have had multiple premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, received over 60 awards, and have been shown at US embassies around the world to represent America. Shlain’s book, 24/6: Giving up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection, received the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award. Shlain is represented by Nancy Hoffman Gallery. @tiffanyshlain