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Bird-themed art show planned for Washington

Bird-themed art show planned for Washington
3 Jul 2014

Starting in October, Washington's Smithsonian American Art Museum is set to present a new exhibition with a focus on bird-themed art.

'The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art' kicks off on October 31st this year and goes on until February 22nd 2015.

The museum holds art stretching back more than three hundred years. Free to visit, it's open 11.30pm to 7pm every day other than Christmas Day.

Its forthcoming bird exhibition will display the work of 12 American artists to look at the way humans relate to both birds and nature more widely, according to the official exhibition announcement.

It will explore the way that modern day artists make use of bird images to gain an understanding our culture and the common desire to connect to the world of nature in a meaningful way, the statement says.

The exhibition is set to include close to 50 pieces of art, and takes its title from a Harold Monro poem called The Bird at Dawn.

"The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the ideal venue for this exhibition, both as a museum committed to exhibiting living artists and as part of the Smithsonian Institution, where science, art and history intersect,” the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Betsy Broun has commented.

Exhibition organiser, Joanna Marsh, has said that the show is not centrally so much about birds as it is about what the creatures tell humans about themselves and their link to Earth itself.

"Together the works create a collective portrait of our own species as informed by our relationship with birds," she said.

There will be a range of free-to-see public events linked to the new exhibition.

Washington is home to a range of attractions, including a varied range of Smithsonian museum venues and much more - such as the International Spy Museum!ADNFCR-408-ID-801733051-ADNFCR

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