The Kohler Art Library regularly exhibits materials from its collections, such as artist books and illuminated manuscript facsimiles. This semester, the librarians have pulled together a wonderful new exhibit that focuses on artist renderings of birds from the Kohler’s extensive Artists’ Books Collection.
More details on the exhibit from the Kohler Library’s website:
Current Exhibit: Bird Sightings in Artists’ Books
January 15 – April 14, 2013
If you have a passion for birds you’ll enjoy this selection of over two dozen feathered friends found standing, perching, or soaring among the pages of artists’ books. These common and fancy birds take a variety of expressions, from bold woodcuts of waterfowl and delicate watercolors of bird eggs to a Caribbean parrot rod-puppet and a German double alphabet book of 52 winged creations. Represented in fables, religion, Mother Goose, mythology, poetry, and flights of the imagination, birds inform our sense of the natural world, comment on our relationship to wildlife, and spark our romantic impulse to delight in beauty. From hummingbirds to blackbirds, eagles to owls, this diverse flock rocks.
This exhibit was curated by Lyn Korenic, Director of the Kohler Art Library.
- Explore the Artists’ Books Collection in the UW Digital Collections.
- Check out the exhibits archive and profiles on recent exhibits held at the Kohler Art Library.
- More gorgeous bird illustrations are available online from this digitized volume in the Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture.