Up Close: Birds in America

Dates: Thu May 10, 12

Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 S. Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

(269) 349-7775

Up Close with the Collection: America in Birds
Thursday, May 10; 6:30-7:45 p.m.
$10 members/$12 non-members
Register in advance by phone or online.

John James Audubon Black-bellied Darter (common name: Anhinga)How American artists have portrayed birds reveals something about America itself. In the 1850s, artists accompanying Western survey expeditions returned with depictions of newly discovered bird species that offered fascinating glimpses of a vast new land west of the Mississippi. In recent times, Native American artists have created images of birds that seek to reestablish a spiritual connection to their traditional culture. Other contemporary artists have seen birds of symbols of an endangered ecology, or responded to them as symbols of the imagination.

This program explores the exhibition Birds of a Feather: John Costin and John James Audubon as well as some fascinating bird images in the collection. Artists include Karen Bondarchuk, Rick Bartow, Morris Graves, Robert Nelson, Karl Priebe, Nathan Oliveira, Neal Ambrose-Smith, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and John Wilde.

Up Close programs provide a great opportunity to learn about the KIA's collection with Associate Curator of Collections Greg Waskowsky.



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