Taryn Simon is of a younger generation (she is 31), and what she is after, in a remarkable new body of work she calls “An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar,” is something altogether different: a sense of what we won’t allow one another to see. In the realms of government, science, security and nature, among others, Simon has gained access where few others have.
Cryopreservation Unit Cryonics Institute Clinton Township, Mich.: This cryopreservation unit holds the bodies of Rhea and Elaine Ettinger, the mother and first wife of the cryonics pioneer Robert C. W. Ettinger. Robert, author of “The Prospect of Immortality” and “Man Into Superman, is still alive. The Cryonics Institute offers cryostasis (freezing) services for individuals and pets upon death. It charges $28,000 (plus fees) for the process if it is planned in advance of legal death and $35,000 for postmortem services.
Avian Quarantine Facility New York Animal Import Center Newburgh, N.Y.: African gray parrots and European finches, seized upon illegal importation into the U.S., in quarantine. Imported birds must undergo a 30-day mandatory quarantine in a U.S. Department of Agriculture animal-import facility. Before release, each bird is tested for avian influenza and exotic Newcastle disease.
White Tiger (Kenny) Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Eureka Springs, Ark.: In the United States, all living white tigers are the result of selective inbreeding to artificially create the genetic conditions that lead to white fur, ice-blue eyes and a pink nose. Kenny was born in the care of a breeder in Bentonville, Ark., on Feb. 3, 1999. As a result of inbreeding, Kenny is mentally retarded.