Reading Into History Book Club: The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Philip Hoose

Speaker: 
Phillip Hoose
Sun, 05/04/2014 - 15:00 to 17:00
Sun, May 4th, 2014 | 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

In honor of Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown, Part II of our tripartite series Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock, author Phillip Hoose will join the book club to discuss the epic, 200+ year battle to save the illusive Ivory-billed Woodpecker. After discussion, we'll visit the galleries to see Audubon's works and then Mr. Hoose will sign books. Do not miss your chance to discuss the history of wildlife conservation and meet this multi-award-winning author!

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Audubon Bird Month at N-YHS

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 14:00
Sat, May 3rd, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sun, May 4th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sat, May 10th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sun, May 11th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sat, May 17th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sun, May 18th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sat, May 24th, 2014 | 2:00 pm
Sun, May 25th, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Weekends, May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Bird Paper Planes
Saturdays 1-3 pm
Free with Museum admission; all ages
Fold your own paper bird-plane and fly it at our target-wall of clouds. Which bird-plane will you choose: a sparrow, cardinal or parrot? Believe it or not, these birds can all be spotted locally! This program is inspired by Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown.

Sketching Sundays

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Meet the Fledglings with the Wild Bird Fund

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Sat, 05/17/2014 - 14:00 to 16:00
Sat, May 17th, 2014 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

For ages 5+

Tickets are the cost of museum admission plus $5 per child (non-member child tickets are $11, member child tickets $5). Adults do not pay an additional fee. Online ticket sales will end at 12 pm on 5/17, after which time any remaining tickets will be available for purchase in person at the museum.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Bird Tales with Storyteller Ron Sopyla

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 14:00
Sat, March 22nd, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission.

How did the chickadee get its song? Why is the owl wise? Hear magical tales of birds, songs, and plumage, and meet the wise, wicked, and gullible birds in these folk tales from around the world. Master storyteller Ron Sopyla will delight children with these many characters. After hearing the stories, visit Audubon’s Aviary and find the very same birds in Audubon’s watercolors!

Recommended for children ages 3 – 7.

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Central Park Nature Walk

Speaker: 
Leslie Day
Trudy Smoke
Sat, 05/10/2014 - 09:00
Sat, May 10th, 2014 | 9:00 am

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A migrating hub to hundreds of species of birds and home to over 100 types of trees, Central Park’s wooded Ramble is a superb place to enjoy New York’s natural treasures. Journey through the park and learn about its diverse ecosystems. Presented in conjunction with Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown (Part II of The Complete Flock).

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Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown Gallery Tour

Speaker: 
Roberta Olson
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:00
Mon, April 7th, 2014 | 11:00 am

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Join curator Roberta Olson for an exploration of one of the most productive periods of John James Audubon’s career, during which Audubon encountered new species of water birds in the Southeastern United States and Labrador.

Gallery tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.

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Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown Gallery Tour

Speaker: 
Roberta Olson
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:00
Mon, March 31st, 2014 | 11:00 am

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Join curator Roberta Olson for an exploration of one of the most productive periods of John James Audubon’s career, during which Audubon encountered new species of water birds in the Southeastern United States and Labrador.

Gallery tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.

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Hablemos de la Historia y del Arte: John James Audubon and Nature

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 14:00 to 15:30
Sat, April 5th, 2014 | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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The New-York Historical Society invites you to participate in educational activities for families in Spanish. Come with your children ages four to ten to our educational programs about the history and art of New York. In the galleries we will chat about different themes, and children will have the opportunity to learn and enjoy themselves making drawings with watercolors and pastels, collages, and sculptures. Classes include art materials.

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Fall Migration Bird Walk in the Ramble

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Alan Messer
Sat, 10/12/2013 - 09:00
Sat, October 12th, 2013 | 9:00 am

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In the heart of New York City's bustling metropolis, Central Park's 38-acre Ramble is a bird watcher's paradise, where more than 270 species have been spotted in a single year. With New York being located along one of North America's busiest migratory routes, the fall months are an ideal time to spot the city's avian visitors on their trip south.

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Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown (Part II of The Complete Flock)

March 21, 2014
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May 26, 2014

Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown, Part II of the highly successful tripartite series Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock, will continue showcasing masterpieces from the New-York Historical Society collection of John James Audubon’s preparatory watercolors for the sumptuous double-elephant-folio print edition of The Birds of America (1827–38), engraved by Robert Havell Jr.

John James Audubon, Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), Havell plate no. 211, 1821. Watercolor, oil, pastel, graphite, gouache, black ink, and collage on paper, laid on card. Purchased for the New-York Historical Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.211

Parts Unknown will consider Audubon as an established artist-naturalist, a world citizen, and a celebrity in an expanding nation—no longer the young Frenchman who created the “early birds” displayed in the first installment. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition follows Audubon into uncharted territories—geographic, artistic, and scientific—as he encountered and mapped new species and grappled with the disappearing illusion of America’s infinite wilderness. It galvanized his awareness about the necessity of conserving species and habitats. Most of the watercolors in Parts Unknown (studies for Havell plates 176-305) depict water birds, many of which are among Audubon’s most spectacular and largest birds, with numerous studies begun during his southeastern explorations and on his Labrador Expedition.

The exhibition is accompanied by the lavish book Audubon’s Aviary: The Original Watercolors for “The Birds of America” (published by New-York Historical Society and Skira/Rizzoli), which sheds new light on the artist. It has garnered many awards, among them: Outstanding Permanent Collection Catalogue Prize of 2013 (by the Association of Art Museum Curators) and the 2013 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalog of Distinction in the Arts. This once-in-a lifetime trilogy explores Audubon’s dazzling watercolors in the order in which they were engraved, affording visitors the unique opportunity to view them sequentially, like his original subscribers, and in their entirety. Audubon organized The Birds of America not by traditional taxonomic order, but according to his aesthetic and practical judgments. He believed this manner of presentation was closer to Nature’s own. Calls and songs of each species provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, together with video footage, will demonstrate the importance of birdsong for species identification and underscore Audubon’s extensive field observations that animated his great work, The Birds of America.

View Curator Roberta Olson discuss selected works on our YouTube page.

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