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"Where Are the Birds? Rediscovering and Re-storying the Landscapes of John James Audubon" Public Program
In this conversation with historian Gregory Nobles, photographer Krista Elrick will discuss her new book project, A Country No More: Rediscovering the Landscapes of John James Audubon, which reexamines Audubon’s epic life journey and the production of his beloved tome, The Birds of America. A Country No More features Elrick’s contemporary photographs of the American landscapes in which Audubon traveled two hundred years ago, as well as color collages using period maps, banknotes, and pieces of Audubon’s own artworks to help us better understand the dramatic changes in the economies and environments of the areas over time. Paired with quotes from Audubon’s journals and entries Elrick made in her own travel notebooks two centuries later, these artworks reveal how many of the lushly forested watersheds and waterways that Audubon had passionately described in his journals have been vastly altered, with many of the bird species extinct and their supporting habitat all but disappeared. While the name of Audubon is familiar and the drawings he created are still wildly popular, his eloquent writings are less well known, and this book provides a fresh and provocative perspective not only on the changing American landscape, but on Audubon himself, his times, and his enduring legacy.

Oct 28, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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