The Siberian Tiger, below, like most large Asian and African mammals faces extinction because humans value its body parts as collectibles. Like the other wall sculptures, this piece has drawers and supplemental information via cell phone QR links, and the show also features video explorations of color DNA codes as well as television's history of depicting nature as a sentimental commodity. But it was those mute creatures facing, or lost to, extinction that made me suddenly realize how closely connected our lives are to the faraway Polar Bear, above, whose icy habitat is rapidly melting. Like them, we live in a place that is washing away beneath our feet due to destructive industrial activities, and we are only slowly realizing that the same bell that tolls for them increasingly tolls for south Louisiana as well. ~Bookhardt
Whitewashed: Mixed Media by Joseph Rossano, Through Aug. 28 (Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5pm) Delgado Art Gallery, 615 City Park Ave., 671-6377.