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Wild: Michael Nichols
June 27, 2017 - September 17, 2017
Mrithi, A Silverback Mountain Gorilla, Virunga Mountains, Rwanda, 1981
A sneak peek at works featured in the exhibition
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Wild: Michael Nichols
June 27, 2017 - September 17, 2017

“It’s all about respect for the natural world.”—Michael Nichols

Explore the work of legendary photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols: artist, technical innovator, and ardent advocate for preserving natural habitats. Be transported through the split-second magic of images captured in some of the most remote areas of the world. Nichols’s stunning photographs offer intense confrontations with the power and fragility of the wild and a reflection of our own humanity.

For more than three decades, Nichols has ventured to the farthest reaches of the world to document nature’s wildest creatures and landscapes. As an award-winning photographer for National Geographic, he has recorded animals and habitats in locations as expansive as the Congo Basin, the Serengeti, and the American West with an unparalleled intensity.

This exhibition presents Nichols’s most important projects, highlighting his artistic accomplishments, technical innovations, and efforts to preserve wild spaces. His photographs are shown with depictions of nature from the Museum’s collection, inviting visitors to consider humankind’s complex, and often brutal, relationship with the wild.

From June 27 to September 4, 2017, Art Splash, the Museum’s popular family program presented by PNC Arts Alive, explores themes from the exhibition via in-gallery explorations, hands-on workshops, guided tours, performances, and festivals.

Exhibition Trailer


Support for Wild: Michael Nichols is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts with additional support from Leslie Miller and Richard Worley, National Geographic, Lyn M. Ross, Lynne and Harold Honickman, Donna D. and Marvin Schwartz, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Anderson, Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, Mrs. Susannah D. Rouse, Constance and Sankey Williams, an anonymous donor, and other generous donors.

Art Splash is presented by PNC Arts Alive, with additional support from The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Ar, Sondra and Martin Landes, Jr., Mari and Peter Shaw, Julius and Ray Charlestein Foundation, Inc., the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and ARW/ITW.


Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center; and guest cocurator Melissa Harris


Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries and the Great Stair Hall, first floor