May 23, 2015 through August 30, 2015
John James Audubon was best known for his bird paintings and publication of the monumental collection Birds of America. However he (with help from his sons) also created a volume of 150 images of North American Mammals – The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.
New Hampshire Audubon owns a nearly complete collection of the original quadrupeds and many of them will be on display for the first time as a collection at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester starting in May.
We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Currier to bring these masterpieces before the public. Visitors will learn about Audubon and his work; how this work reflected the times (1845-48) when westward explorations were in full swing; and the connections between art and conservation and how that has changed over 160 years.
As with his bird drawings, Audubon set new standards for his time by placing his mammalian subjects in life-like poses and habitats. Examples include a backdrop of the wandering Mississippi River adding interest to humble images of white-footed mice; a flying squirrel leaping from a branch into the air; or a mountain lion attending to its young. He created images of stunning accuracy and beauty giving Easterners and Europeans a glimpse at creatures they had never seen before.
Visit this amazing exhibit during the regular museum hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (free admission for NH Residents from 10-noon); or during one of our special collaborative events. Watch for details on our website and E-field monthly newsletters. (www.nhaudubon.org)
For more information visit the Currier Museum of Art website: http://www.currier.org