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Audubon, Then and Now

August 3 – November 25, 2018

About the Exhibition

In 1826 when John James Audubon turned 41, his wife encouraged him to travel to England to find innovative ways to reproduce over 300 watercolor bird studies into one of the most important projects in art history. The iconic images of this painter, printmaker, publisher and naturalist remain relevant for the artists and art lovers of today. The Biggs Museum is proud to display over 50 original Audubon prints made for his two best-known publications, the monumental Birds of America and the ambitious Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. Rarely seen hand-painted etchings from the collections of Winterthur Museum and Library and lithographs from the Huntsville Museum of Art will illuminate Audubon’s ideas about scientific examination, depicting birds and animals within the emerging United States and their relationship to the vast wildernesses of early America.

Modern opinions of Audubon’s legacy will also be explored with side-by-side  displays of artworks by living artists influenced by this paragon of 19th century naturalist art.

Contemporary artists featured in Audubon, Then and Now:
Charles Allmond
Julie Blackmon
Beth Cavener
Ann Chahbandour
Kate Clark
Hunter Clarke
Kevin Fleming
Laurie Hogin
Kay Jackson
Tom Judd
Karen Knorr
Kate MacDowell
Claire Morgan
Deidre Murphy
Kevin Sloan
Amy Stein
Jamie Wyeth


Partnering Antiques Dealers, Art Galleries and Museums on Audubon, Then and Now:
Clark Gallery, Lincoln MA
Danziger Art Gallery, New York
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, Cologne, St. Moritz
Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia
Huntsville Museum of Art
Jason Jacques Gallery, New York, LLC
Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco
Robert Mann Gallery, New York
Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville DE
William Holman Gallery, New York
Winterthur Museum and Library

Admission Information

General Admission: $10.00
Members: Free
Seniors (60+): $8.00
Children 12 & under, and students with ID: Free
Active military & family with ID: Free
Companions or care persons of people with disabilities are free
Tour rates and facilities rentals are available; please contact the museum for details.


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