Gillian Jagger, "White Cow," 2009, pastel on paper

The Animals Look Back at Us” at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/​James Center for the Arts

by Donatella de Rosa

Don’t miss this compelling exhibit representing artists from as far away as California and New Orleans and including some of the Hudson Valley’s most renowned artists. These works of art reflect each individual artist’s rare insight into the creatures who dwell in the same space with us. Here are creatures with whom we share much more than just earth, air and water. Creatures we may love, fear, or simply tolerate, but whose consciousness is easily recognized by those of us who choose to see.

Animals Look Back at Us, Jan Harrison

Jan Harrison, “Big Cat-​​Mountain Lion with Foliage Fur,” 2011, pastel and ink on rag paper

Taken from the Byrdcliffe Guild’s website:

For the first time in the history of art, the animals look back at us in art imagery. Their gaze is direct, a direct address, a one-​​to-​​one relationship. The animals are fully present in all their living wholeness, vulnerability, intensity, and even ferocity. They are their very own being rather than merely there for our admiration or projected needs. The artists in this exhibition are in the vanguard of a new movement, which by resonating with the inner life of animals, is opening up a vital dialogue with our fellow sentient beings. Curated by Sara Lynn Henry. Sara is an independent curator and art writer concerned with art, nature and science matters. She is also a Professor of Art History, Emerita, and N.E.H. Distinguished Teaching Professor of Humanities, Emerita at Drew University.

The artists in the exhibition are: Terri Amig, Catherine Chalmers, Sue Coe, Lee Deigaard, Mary Frank, Jan Harrison, Gillian Jagger, Isabella Kirkland, David Marell, Gwynn Murrill, Christy Rupp, Janice Tieken, Eva van Rijn.

Exhibition Dates: February 22 — March 24, 2013
Opening Reception on Saturday, February 23, 4:00 — 6:00 pm
Artists Gallery Talk: February 23, 2013, 3:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/​James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 — 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday — Friday, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

Exhibition Event: Introducing the Animals We Live With — Saturday, March 23, 2013, 3:00 — 4:30 pm, A discussion with the audience by Curator Sara Lynn Henry and Naturalist Spider Barbour about the animals we live with, in our back yards, our neighborhoods, on our farms, up the mountains, and in our homes. Who are they? What is our experience with them? How do we see them and they us? Which are increasing and which decreasing in presence? In the process, we shall also introduce the animals in the works of art and see what they have to say. Questions about animal consciousness and emotions will come up. The event is a collaboration between Byrdcliffe and the Woodstock Land Conservancy.

Featured image, Gillian Jagger, “White Cow,” 2009, pastel on paper

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, established in 1939, is a multi-​​­‐arts membership organization serving the Mid – Hudson Valley. Our Kleinert/​James Center for the Arts hosts and presents local and national performing, visual, and literary artists. Byrdcliffe offers a variety of classes and is steward of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony founded in 1903, now home to an international Artist in Residence program and listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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