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Indigo Bunting

2003 Barbara Bosworth Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1953 chromogenic print 18 1/4 x 23 1/4 in. (46.4 x 59.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Haluk and Elisa Soykan © 2003, Barbara Bosworth 2008.2.22 Not currently on view

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Barbara Bosworth’s photographs of bird banders honors the gestures of ordinary people who capture and release songbirds to study their migratory patterns. In these rare moments of physical contact, they sense the quick pulse of these delicate creatures, poised to take flight the instant they are released. Bosworth discovered gestures in Renaissance paintings by Fra Angelico and Lorenzo Veneziano that resembled her own images: “I was amazed by a painting of a saint with his arms extended, releasing a bird towards heaven. It reminded me of the motion made when these captive birds are set free.”

The Singing & the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art, 2014


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