Indigo Bunting

  • Barbara Bosworth, Indigo Bunting, 2003, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2003, Barbara Bosworth, Gift of Haluk and Elisa Soykan, 2008.2.22

Exhibition Label
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
Title
Indigo Bunting
Artists
Date
2003
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
18 1/4 x 23 1/4 in. (46.4 x 59.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Haluk and Elisa Soykan

Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird – cardinal
Object Number
2008.2.22
Palette
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