Get Up Close to Birds at the KIA
May Art Lecture at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Posted: April 27, 2012
Source: Farrell Howe
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112
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
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 KIA 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. For more Up Close information, click here.
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