A LIFE IN THE WILD is an exhibition containing 40 of Mangelsen's most resonant images that take viewers on a journey into the haunts of iconic species whose struggles for survival are metaphorical fulcrums for reflection in the 21st century.
Every single image in Mangelsen's portfolio has been taken in the wild under natural conditions, the result of him waiting for the "picture perfect moment" across decades and often in hostile conditions. Such a body of work can only be achieved by having a heightened sense of animal behavior, an uncanny feel for being able to read changing atmospherics in the environment, and patience.
At a time when digital technology is, notoriously, reprogramming its users to have shorter attention spans, A LIFE IN THE WILD stands as a testament to the rewards that can come to people who slow down their lives and wait for nature's revelations to happen.
The exhibition was produced by Thomas D. Mangelsen, Inc. and David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
This exhibit was originally scheduled to close on December 31, 2020, but it has been extended for a few more days.
The Montana Arts Council is funded in part by coal severance taxes paid based upon coal mined in Montana and deposited in Montana's cultural and aesthetic projects trust fund.