Moving Targets, an exhibition by Steffi Domike and Ann Rosenthal with Ruth Fauman Fichman, opened at the Gumberg Library, Duquesne University, on Tuesday (11/11). It was a lively and well-attended event, with a steady stream of visitors from the public, university faculty and administrators, and students.
The exhibition parallels the plight of the pigeon with the forced migrations of the artists’ maternal lineages from the Ukraine to ask why some communities, whether human or animal, are deemed expendable. The exhibition was featured for the centenary at Brushwood Center, Ryerson Woods (Chicago) and at the School of Natural Resources & the Environment, UM, Ann Arbor.
Domike and Rosenthal invited 14 artists to comprise a “Passenger Pigeon Portrait Gallery,” (seen here above the computers), which augments their own work. Each of the “portrait” artists resides in a state within the former nesting range of the pigeon. A duplicate Portrait Gallery is also on display at Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca through December. The exhibition is free and open to the public through December 6. For details, see the Calendar section of this web site.
In a second university library exhibition, Mo Dawley, Art and Drama Librarian at Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University, has compiled “Murmurations,” featuring books to web sources, reflecting on our relationships to avian beings and by extension to all beings of our planet. Origami templates from The Passenger Pigeon Origami Project are available so visitors can perform a “Fold the Flock” meditation to bring awareness to practices of human over-consumption and to help generate synergy and healing.
The works are selected to challenge our easily imbedded notions of the “the other,” which inevitably feed the illusion that it is possible to hold at arm’s length the systems to which we are inextricably connected. This exhibition is open through Dec. 15. For details and holiday hours, see the Calendar section of this web site.