A public garden & cultural center

Avifauna: Birds + Habitat

April 07 - June 24, 2018
Glyndor Gallery & On the Grounds

Pictured above: James Prosek, Avian Composition with Warblers, 2018; Spring at Wave Hill, 2018, courtesy of the artist and Singer | Wajahat, New York, NY. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

New York City provides a wide array of habitats for birds. Numerous species of birds migrate along the Hudson or make Wave Hill’s gardens and woodlands their home. The artworks in this exhibition delve into the relationship between birds and their habitats—from the way changes in natural and built environments affect migration patterns to the role birds play in propagating plants. 

Visitors can contemplate this dynamic interplay by exploring the gallery and observing avian activity on the grounds. Works in the show will include photography, video, artist books, wall painting, installation, drawing and sound. Artists include Tatiana Arocha, Tanya Chaly, Marna Chester, Nina Katchadourian, Paula McCartney, Jeff Mertz, Peter Morgan, Sarah Nicholls, James Prosek, Jenna Spevack and Fred Tomaselli.

Read a press release about the exhibition, or download the exhibition catalogue.

Pictured above: left to right: Nina Katchadourian, Too Late, 2003, courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Peter Morgan, Barry the Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula), 2018 courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Pictured above: Tatiana Arocha, Perpetual Flight, 2016 – ongoing, Digital painting and collage printed on paper, wheat paste, acrylic paint on MDF, Dimension variable, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Pictured above: Paula McCartney, from left: American Goldfinches, Barn Swallows, Aqua Tanager, Tropic Warblers, all from the Bird Watching series, 2004–2008, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Pictured above: Marna Chester, In (the built environment), Of (the natural environment), To (migration patterns), 2018, paper, wood, wire, glue, rope, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Pictured above: Tanya Chaly, Nature’s Syntax, 2018, graphite, colored pencil and punctured drawing on parchment under convex glass, 9 pieces: 10 ¼ x 14 ¼ inches each, 54 x 54 inches installed, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Pictured above: left to right: Jeff Mertz, In Your Land, 2017–2018, courtesy of the artist; Nina Katchadourian, Too Late, 2003, courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Pictured above: left to right: James Prosek, Spring at Wave Hill, 2018, courtesy of the artist and Singer | Wajahat, New York, NY; Peter Morgan, Debbie the Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus), 2014; Marvin the Northern Mockingbird
(Mimus polyglotos), 2014–2018, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

Pictured above: left to right: Tatiana Arocha, Baile de Espeletias, 2016, courtesy of the artist; James Prosek, Avian Composition with Warblers, 2018 and Spring at Wave Hill, 2018, courtesy of the artist and Singer | Wajahat, New York, NY. Photo: Stefan Hagen.


Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.