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Nina Katchadourian

Avifauna: Birds + Habitat
Glyndor Gallery |
April 7–June 24, 2018

Pictured above: Nina Katchadourian, Too Late, 2003, C-print, edition 1/3, 34 x 43 inches,

courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Too Late is part of Nina Katchadourian’s “Uninvited Collaborations with Nature,” an ongoing body of work in which the artist seems to be meddling in the background to upend the way we see nature. The image begs the questions: Who is too late? Whose message is this? Created in 2003, this photograph sparks a sense of levity and innocence. Since then, Katchadourian’s work has continued to explore our fraught relationship with nature, underscoring how naming and language frame our perception—and indicates a desire to dominate other species. Reflecting on the present, the artist notes, “I see our interventions into the natural world in a much darker way now. The competitive, hubristic ways in which we, humans and animals, comport ourselves fill me with more anxiety now than ever before.”

An interdisciplinary artist, Nina Katchadourian has explored human interpretations of birdsong in several works, including Please, Please, Pleased to Meet’cha, a commissioned project for Wave Hill in 2006, and Natural Car Alarms, exhibited at SculptureCenter, Long Island City in 2002. Her video Accent Elimination was included in the Armenian pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale and won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. The traveling mid-career survey Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser was presented at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX, and the Cantor Center at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and was accompanied by a monograph. Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Morgan Library & Museum, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and Turku Art Museum, among others. Katchadourian earned a double BA in Visual Arts, Literature and Society from Brown University, and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego.


Pictured above: Installation view, Avifauna: Birds + Habitat (from left): Nina Katchadourian, Too Late, 2003, courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Paula McCartney,American Goldfinches, Barn Swallows, Aqua Tanager, all from the “Bird Watching” series, 2004–2008, courtesy of the artist; PeterMorgan,Barry the Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula), 2018, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.


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An exhibition catalogue published on the occasion of Avifauna: Birds + Habitat is available here.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.