Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Two Bird-Art Exhibits in Chicago

The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery has announced two upcoming exhibits, which will run in tandem from 12 March through 24 August.

'John James Audubon: The Birds of America, Prints from the Collection of the Illinois State Museum' will feature some thirty prints from the two major 19th-century editions of Audubon's Birds of America, "with commentary on the life of John Audubon, and a history of the production of these prints." Comparative examples from the works of Catesby, Wilson and Gould will also be on display, as will some of the Museum's mounted birds.

'While All the Tribes of Birds Sang' "includes bird-related art and artifacts that provide a broader visual context of the relationships to the avian world. Included in this exhibition are artifacts from the anthropology and decorative arts' collection and artwork from the museum's permanent collection, as well as loans by contemporary Chicago artists."

The ISM Chicago Gallery is on the second floor of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph Street (Chicago). For more information, call 312-814-5322.