1984, printed 1999
(American, b. 1948)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 20 x 20.6 cm (7 7/8 x 8 1/8 in.); Framed: 46.5 x 46.5 cm (18 5/16 x 18 5/16 in.)
The Jane B. Tripp Charitable Lead Annuity Trust 2020.71
Edition: edition 4/15
Working with two MIT engineers, artist Nancy Burson developed the technique of computer morphing faces in the late 1980s.
In this image, Nancy Burson combined the face of a man with that of a chimpanzee. Ignoring the intermediate steps, Burson leapfrogs through the millennia-long, complex process of evolution to depict a single moment of transition between two species. It is not a scientifically accurate image of evolution, but an imaginary portrait that links humans with one of their genetic ancestors.
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