New Exhibition: Birds of a Feather - John Costin and John James Audubon

March 24 - June 24, 2012

Posted: March 21, 2012
Source: Farrell Howe
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

John Costin Anhinga

John Costin, Anhinga, 1998, hand-colored etching from the Large Florida Birds portfolio | Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Gift of Brent Garback and Linda Tremblay

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has gone to the birds with a new exhibition, Birds of a Feather: John Costin and John James Audubon. The exhibition will open on Saturday, March 24 and will be shown on the lower level of the museum.

Separated by two centuries, artists John James Audubon and John Costin are joined by a love of birds and a compulsion to share the thrill of seeing these magnificent creatures in the wild. Nearly 200 years after publication of his monumental Birds of America (1827-1838), Audubon is still America's most famous ornithologist. Nineteenth-century subscribers to Birds of America received 435 oversized plates, illustrating 1,065 individual birds of over 400 species. Inspired by Audubon's presentation of native birds, John Costin is creating his own series: Large Florida Birds. When complete, his project will present 20 of the state's most remarkable birds in similarly life-like poses and oversized format.

Moving from Detroit in his youth, John Costin was struck by the fantastic size and color of Florida's birds. Today, he lives near Tampa, in an area surrounded by lakes and wetlands, and enjoys viewing the many bird species that live within a mile of his home. At the University of South Florida, Costin became fascinated by the printmaking process, and in his Large Florida Bird series, he brings together these two passions.

Prints by both artists will be on view at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Birds of a Feather, March 24 - June 24, 2012. Audubon prints are from the 1971 Theatrum, Orbis Terrarum, Amsterdam, reprint of Birds of America and are on loan from Kalamazoo College's A.M. Todd Rare Book Collection, gift of Mrs. Merrill Taylor. The Costin portfolio is a recent donation to the KIA from Brent Garback and Linda Tremblay.

Sponsored by: Olin & Muriel Prather Charitable Foundation, Trustee Thomas T. Huff