"Audubon’s Aviary: Part I of The Complete Flock" Exhibition

The New-York Historical Society

poster for "Audubon’s Aviary: Part I of The Complete Flock" Exhibition

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The New-York Historical Society will launch the first exhibition in a sweeping three-part series to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the acquisition of its unparalleled collection of John James Audubon’s preparatory watercolors for the sumptuous double-elephant-folio print edition of The Birds of America (1827–38). Over three years, Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock (Parts I–III) will feature all 474 original avian watercolors by Audubon, including all 435 watercolor models for The Birds of America.

Part I of The Complete Flock will feature Audubon’s well-known watercolors such as Great Egret and Snowy Owl as well as examples of his early works never before shown in the U.S. State-of-the-art media installations will provide a deeper understanding of the connections between art and nature using birdcalls and other detailed bird information, as well as elucidating on Audubon’s contributions to American art and history.

[Image: John James Audubon "Great Egret (Ardea alba)" (1821) Watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, white lead pigment, black ink, and black chalk with selective glazing on paper, laid on card; 37 7/16 x 25 9/16 in. New-York Historical Society, Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.18.30]



from March 08, 2013 to May 19, 2013

Preview on 2013-03-07 from 11:00

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