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Art on Display

by jcs93 last modified 2014-04-16 13:08

Beautiful works of art - some permanent and some temporary - are on display in the library...

In the Display Case


We’re very pleased to announce a new art display at the Lab of Ornithology’s Adelson Library! Artist Jeff Harnden is currently incarcerated at Kern Valley State Prison, but in spite of this, he’s produced beautiful pen-and-ink drawings of birds in natural habitats – some in color, some in black-and-white. Several of Jeff’s drawings are on view now through July 31, 2014 in our archival-quality display case.

This exhibit has been made possible by Cornell University’s Center for Transformative Action, which has two project partners, Prisoner Express of the Durland Alternatives Library, and An Open Window, that provide art instruction to people living in prison. Prisoner Express also provides educational materials to inmates, and on several occasions Adelson Library has donated duplicate bird books to the program, which inmates like Jeff have used as inspiration for their artwork.

Adelson Library thanks Treacy Ziegler, art teacher and director of An Open Window, for conceptualizing this display and providing us with Jeff’s work!


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

Permanent Sculpture

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 to read it, or to 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.