St. Botolph Club
Not Just For the Birds:
The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon
August 20, 2014 - October 6, 2014
Opening Reception Wednesday, September 10, 2014
5:30 P.M. - 7 P.M.
From its founding in 1896, Mass Audubon has been inextricably linked with art. Gifts and bequests of art naturally flowed to the fledgling organization from its inception. In early years, the collection’s core was art by James Audubon, including hand-colored engravings from his Birds of America.
Over time the collection expanded to include paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by some of the most acclaimed bird artists of Europe and America: Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Frank W. Benson, Robert Verity Clem, and Lars Jonsson, among others. The collection also came to include wood carvings and decoys, and works by well known artists not usually associated with birds, such as Milton Avery, Leonard Baskin and Andy Warhol.
The home of this collection is The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon, which opened to the pubic in 1999. The Museum is collaborating with the St. Botolph Club to share with us the best of this eclectic and wonderful collection.
Image Credit: Solitary Bird | Milton Avery, watercolor on paper, 37x28 inches, 1953. Mass Audubon Collection, bequest of Robert L. French, 2009