New Gallery Installation at Boston Children’s Museum Showcases Endangered Bird Species

Share Article

Performance Art Exhibit “Knots Landing” Illustrates Beauty in Nature and Concern About Global Habitat Destruction

News Image
Bringing performance art to the Museum is a really great opportunity to show this other art form that a lot of families haven’t seen,

Boston Children’s Museum is set to open a new gallery exhibit, “Knots Landing,” an installation of a larger body of work from by New York based artist Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow and also includes the work of hundreds of Museum visitors. It will display 200 two-dimensional cutouts of the endangered migratory shorebirds known as Red Knots that are scaled to the bird’s actual size. They are each hand cut, laminated, and strung on monofilament. They are aligned to mimic a flock of flying birds and cast beautiful shadows on the walls and floor. The cutouts are printed on only one side to represent their absence in the natural world as an endangered species. The Red Knots have one of the longest seasonal migrations of any species of bird. They travel more than 9,000 miles every year from the Arctic to the southern tip of South America. They are protected as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The exhibit is part of the Isles Arts Initiative, a summer long public art series on Georges and Spectacle islands, the Boston Sculptors Gallery, and the Atlantic Wharf Gallery that captures the intrinsic beauty of the 34 harbor islands. Knots Landing also incorporates drawings and paintings of birds commonly found on the Boston Harbor Islands created by visitors of Boston Children's Museum, where they found inspiration from a display of birds that are a part of the Museum's large natural history collection during the month of June in the Art Studio.

Lyn-Kee-Chow draws her inspiration for this piece from her nature walks in the Northeast. She hopes that her art will make people aware of the global habitat destruction happening on a daily basis. This species of migratory birds is one of many species that are at risk of dying out as a result of climate change. The gallery serves to give children and families the chance to have a moment of observing nature slowed down and contained in a realistic way by laying on the ground and looking up at the birds.

Jodie creates both physical work as well as timed based performance art. In conjunction with Knots Landing four local Boston artists – Mary Novotny-Jones, Sue Murad, Sandy Huckleberry and Andi Sutton, have been invited to create a time-based performance piece inspired by Jodie’s installation. These performances will be happening at different times during the duration of the exhibit.

“Bringing performance art to the Museum is a really great opportunity to show this other art form that a lot of families haven’t seen,” said Alice Vogler, the Museum’s Arts Program Manager and performance artist herself. “Jodie’s work is beautiful and the piece itself deals with birds that are becoming extinct. A lot of times art is just a visual expression, but another role it can play is to stimulate a conversation about something happening in the world and Jodie’s work does that really well.”

The installation is scheduled to run from August 8 to October 1, 2015. For additional information, please visit http://www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org.

For more information about Jodie’s work, please visit http://www.jodielynkeechow.com/

For more information about the Isles Arts Initiative, please visit http://iai2015.greenovateboston.org/

About Boston Children's Museum
Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. More information about Boston Children’s Museum can be found at http://www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org. Become a fan of the Museum on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Hours and Admission
The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays until 7:00pm (Through August 26) and Fridays until 9:00 p.m. Adults, $16, children (1-15) and senior citizens, $16; children under 12 months and Museum members are always free. Fridays 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., all visitors $1.

###

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Jo-Anne Baxter
Visit website