From now through January 20, 2020, the California Academy of Sciences is presenting Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity.
Skin protects the porcupine fish from the teeth of the deadly piranha, the Kenyan farmer from the Equatorial sun, the black rhino from just about everything.
Skin also creates identities, ideals of beauty, excuses for hate and exclusion.
All this is covered in the exhibit. What is not — to my surprise — is skin’s key role in attraction, sensuality, sex, and, QED, reproduction of our species.
The Academy sits just across from the de Young art museum in San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Park.