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Show runs October 6-29 at Peale Center in downtown Baltimore
BALTIMORE, Sept. 21, 2017. “Birdland and the Anthropocene” spans all four floors of the recently reopened Peale Center in downtown Baltimore, and features 30 artists from Baltimore and across the U.S., more than 120 art pieces (including one that’s exclusively sound and six installations that take up half or entire rooms), nine special events, and six people performing an extinction ritual in bird costumes.
The opening reception is Friday, Oct. 6, and closing costume party is Oct. 28. The exhibit and all events are free, and open to the public.
“The creativity on display and breadth of experiences visitors can have throughout all four floors of the Peale Center is astounding,” says curator and participating artist Lynne Parks, who recently won a Baker Prize for her work exploring the issue of light pollution like lighted buildings and street lights that draws birds to strike into glass. “Artists in the show examine ornithology, the scientific study of birds; how we imitate birds and what it reveals about our perception of them; the issue of extinction; how birds are symbols used in political narratives; and our general love of birds.”
The exhibit also includes a “solution center” that offers creative ways to mitigate humans’ impact on the natural environment.
Special programs at the Peale Center and Mic Studio include an open mic referencing birds with guest writers Jenny O’Grady, Timmy Reed and Linda Franklin; a performance of birdsong-influenced selections by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist, Dariusz Skoraczwski; a presentation of early 20thcentury bird recordings and bird imitations by music researcher Ian Nagoski; and weekly artist talks.
Parks, an active birder for 16 years, has partnered with Patterson Park Audubon, the Baltimore Bird Club and Lights Out Baltimore to develop programs at schools and community centers to complement the exhibition, which is partially funded by a BGE Green Grant.
All programs will be at the Peale Center, and are free and open to the public.
Opening Reception, Friday, Oct. 6, 6-10 p.m.
Closing Costume Party, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. until late
Artist’s Talks, Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Oct. 7: Benjamin Andrew, Christina Baal, Chris Siron
Oct.14: Lynne Parks, Jieyu Zhang
Oct. 21: Cathy Cook, Elisabeth Pellathy, Ben Piwowar, Nicole Shiflet
Performances, Sundays at noon
Oct.8: Bird-themed open mic with guest writers Jo Brown, Linda Franklin, Tatiana Nya Ford, Lisa Lewenz, Jenny O’Grady and Timmy Reed
Oct.15: Performance of birdsong-influenced selections by Baltimore Symphony
Orchestra’s principal cellist, Dariusz Skoraczwski
Oct.22: Presentation of early 20th century bird recordings and bird imitations
with music researcher Ian Nagoski
Divya Anantharaman, Brooklyn, NY
Sandy Anderson, New Orleans, LA
Benjamin Andrew, State College, PA
Christina Baal, Mamaroneck, NY
Amy Boone-McCreesh, Baltimore, MD
Ashley Cecil, Pittsburgh, PA
Cathy Cook, Baltimore, MD
Laure Drogoul, Baltimore, MD
Edgar Endress, Fairfax, VA
Linda Franklin, Baltimore, MD
Susan Humphrey, Baltimore MD
Ashley Kidner, Baltimore MD
Jonathan Latiano, Baltimore, MD
Monique Luchetti, Brooklyn, NY
Jennifer McBrien, Baltimore, MD
Lynne Parks, Baltimore, MD
Elisabeth Pellathy, Birmingham, AL
Ben Piwowar, Baltimore, MD
Jessica Rassp, Baltimore, MD
William Rhodes, San Francisco, CA
Glenn Ricci, Baltimore, MD
Nicole Shiflet, Baltimore, MD
Chris Siron, Baltimore, MD
Andrew Yang, Chicago, IL
Jieyu Zhang, Reading, PA
Oct. 6-29: “Birdland and the Anthropocene”
Exhibits. The Peale Center, 225 Holliday St, Baltimore, MD,www.thepealecenter.org
Thursday and Friday 6-9 p.m.; Saturdays 12-6 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
“Birdland and the Anthropocene” is a 30-artist group exhibit that examines different perspectives on birds and people’s relationship to them. The show includes more than 120 art pieces in media ranging from a 360-degree hologram to creative taxidermy through four floors at the historic Peale Center in downtown Baltimore. Special programming includes a performance of birdsong-influenced selections by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist, a bird-themed open mic and a closing costume party. For more information, visit https://www.thepealecenter.org/birdland-and-the-anthropocene/