Art on Display
Beautiful works of art are on display in the library
In the Display Case
A Retrospective on Louis Agassiz Fuertes, bird artist extraordinaire
We are pleased to announce a new exhibit in the Adelson Library display case.
We’ve chosen some colorful and interesting Louis Agassiz Fuertes artwork and memorabilia (from the Lab’s collection of items, donated by the Fuertes estate). Among these items are two rare photos of Fuertes; prints of several small, original artworks done by him (including holiday cards, and bird “trading cards” that were included in boxes of Arm and Hammer baking soda); artists’ proofs of his illustrations in National Geographic; and a lovely carved wood walking stick (stamped “CU” and “97” – its exact origins are unknown, but perhaps a gift from his 1897 Cornell graduating class?).
The exhibit will be in place for most of the remainder of 2013. It is available for viewing anytime during our normal open hours, 10:00am – noon and 1:00 – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday (we do have to make occasional changes to those hours, but we will always list any such changes in the Current Open Hours section of our website).
Permanent Hung Installations
Cormorants Against Sunset, an oil painting created in 1910 by Christian Midjo, is on long term display in the library.
Three Audubon Society Bird Identification Posters, created by Louis Agassiz Fuertes for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, are also on long term display in the library.
Audubon Chart no. 1, published in 1898 by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, details Chimney Swift to Chipping Sparrow
Audubon Chart no. 2, published in 1900 by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, details Red-headed Woodpecker to Vesper Sparrow.
Audubon Chart no. 3, published in 1912 by the Milton Bradley Company of Springfield Massachusetts, was printed in Massachusetts by Louis Agassiz Fuertes for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. It details Northern Shrike to Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Semi-Permanent Hung Installations
Louis Agassiz Fuertes' Gyrfalcon print, dated June 3, 1926
Peregrine Falcon, wood carving by Dr. Ronald E. Kagarise
Available to View
Thanks to donations and the financial support of many Lab of Ornithology friends and members, the Adelson Library is privileged to own many rare and beautiful books which we are proud to make available in the library, including:
Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham - a gift of Susan and Phil Bartels, published in 2007 by AMMO, American Modern Books. The book, still in its original decorated case, is being preserved by the library as a work of art in its own right. Please stop by and read it or simply enjoy the pictures. We have several publications with artistic contributions by Charley Harper in the library collection. If requested in advance, a special tour of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's hanging Charley Harper print collection can be arranged.
John James Audubon’s Birds of America , edited by Roger Tory Peterson & Virginia Marie Peterson. Known as the Audubon Society "baby elephant folio", this limited edition reproduction is a beautiful and valuable resource for understanding changes in ornithology and the perception of birds through time.