Venice, CA – On June 6, The G2 Gallery will open On the Shoulders of Giants, a photography exhibit by Susan McConnell about the grandeur, power and beauty of land’s largest mammal, the African elephant.

As a neuroscientist and Professor of Biology at Stanford University, Susan combines her expertise in animal behavior with instinct and her artistic eye to capture intimate family moments. The collection of 28 awe-inspiring photographs celebrates these colossal creatures, illustrating their intelligence, adaptability, close family ties and complex social structures.

On the Shoulders of Giants premiered at Stanford University last spring. “Elephants are among the most poached animal on our planet,” says Curator Monika Basse. “We are honored to present this exhibit to the Los Angeles community to shed light on this issue.”

“I believe that empathy can underlie actions that save ecosystems, so I try to create images that illuminate the emotional worlds of animals,” says Susan. The exhibit concludes with shadowy silhouettes of elephants against the landscape, alluding to the possibility of ghostly images in our future, to inspire conservation for these magnificent animals.

The opening reception for Susan McConnell: On the Shoulders of Giants, along with Roberto Cabral: Fragile Strength, will be held Saturday, June 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres and valet in front of the gallery. All proceeds from admissions and art sales will be donated to Wildlife Conservation Network’s Elephant Crisis Fund. Please RSVP to


The G2 Gallery
1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291-3742
Tel. 310.452.2842, E-mail


Laurie O’Hara

About The G2 Gallery

Established in March 2008, the G2 Gallery in Venice, California, is a green art space with a dedicated focus on contemporary nature and wildlife photography. In keeping with G2’s commitment to supporting arts and the environment, the gallery presents exhibitions with eco-conscious themes, donating the proceeds from all art sales to environmental charities and hosts free concerts and lectures that bring awareness of critical issues to our community.

About Susan McConnell

Susan McConnell is a neuroscientist and Professor of Biology at Stanford University. In addition to her scientific research, Susan is an enthusiastic photographer with a passion for wildlife conservation. She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Susan’s images have been published in National Geographic, Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer, and a cover story on African elephants in Smithsonian Magazine. Susan teaches an undergraduate course on conservation photography at Stanford, and was also mentored by internationally renowned photographer Frans Lanting.