THE PTEROPOD PROJECT: charismatic microfauna is a 40-page exhibition catalog of Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh’s sculpture inspired by tiny mollusks threatened by rising levels of ocean acidification that the artist has enlarged some 400 times. With photos of all sculptures displayed, along with essays by noted art historian, Stephanie Grilli, and the artist’s collaborator, Dr. Gareth Lawson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the catalog celebrates the beauty of these fragile microorganisms while raising consciousness about their potential demise.
Kavanagh has had five solo exhibitions in New York City. She has shown her sculptures at the Venice Biennale, two OPEN exhibitions at Venice-Lido, Miami’s design district during Art Basel Miami Beach, New York’s American Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, SOFA, Chicago, IL, and numerous regional museums and galleries throughout the country. Important installations include the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, the Dwight School in Englewood, NJ and the Lancaster Winery in Healdsburg, CA. In 2010, Kavanagh was awarded a Doctor of Arts, Honoris Causa, from Pine Manor College.