‘Birdland’ show features more than 120 art pieces on 4 floors of historic museum

Media contact: Cassandra Miller at cassandra.mil@gmail.com

Show runs October 6-29 at Peale Center in downtown Baltimore

"Birdland and the Anthropocene" exhibition curated by Lynne Parks opens Oct 6, 2017 at the Peale. Image: Lynne Parks, "missing birds," photograph, 2017.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

PHOTOS: Click here for photos of selected art works.

VIDEO PREVIEW: Click here for a video introduction by curator and participating artist Lynne Parks.


Divya Anantharaman, Brooklyn, NY

Sandy Anderson, New Orleans, LA

Benjamin Andrew, State College, PA

Christina Baal, Mamaroneck, NY

Amy Boone-McCreesh, Baltimore, MD

Krista Caballero, Takoma Park, MD & Frank Ekeberg, Trondheim, NO

Ashley Cecil, Pittsburgh, PA

Cathy Cook, Baltimore, MD

Laure Drogoul, Baltimore, MD

Edgar Endress, Fairfax, VA

Linda Franklin, Baltimore, MD

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy, The Hague, NL

Susan Humphrey, Baltimore MD

Ashley Kidner, Baltimore MD

Jonathan Latiano, Baltimore, MD

Monique Luchetti, Brooklyn, NY

Jennifer McBrien, Baltimore, MD

Ian Nagoski, Baltimore, MD & The Center for PostNatural History, Pittsburgh, PA

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/

Author: The Peale

The Peale is based in the first museum to be purpose-built in the United States, designed by architect Robert Cary Long Sr. and opened by artist Rembrandt Peale in 1814. It is a building of many firsts, and today in the creative spirit of its founder is relaunching as an innovative Center to celebrate the unique history of Baltimore, its people and their buildings through the authentic stories of the City. Currently under renovation, the Peale is open for special events and occasional tours.

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