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The Lost Bird Project: Film Screenings and Artist Talk
March 8, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In conjunction with the year-long exhibition, The Lost Bird Project, JCSM will screen a documentary film of the same name on Sunday, March 8 and Sunday, March 15. Both screenings begin at 2 p.m.
On Thursday, March 19 at 5 p.m., sculptor Todd McGrain will discuss his work during an artist talk.
About The Lost Bird Project
Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo. The Heath Hen was last seen on Martha’s Vineyard in 1932. The last pair of Great Auks was killed on an island near Iceland in 1844. The last known wild Carolina Parakeet was killed in Okeechobee County, Florida in 1904, and the species was officially declared extinct in 1939. It is believed the last Labrador Duck was seen at Elmira, New York in December of 1878.
All five of these birds are immortalized in bronze by sculptor Todd McGrain as part of The Lost Bird Project, which will be featured for a year on the museum’s lawn beginning March 20, 2015. The arrival of this outdoor sculpture exhibition at JCSM was inspired in part by the museum’s Louise Hauss and David Brent Miller Audubon Collection, as well as the museum’s ongoing program to provide our audiences with the unique art experience of engaging large scale sculpture in a natural setting.
Recipient of the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, McGrain has worked as an artist for more than 25 years, and devoted himself to this project for more than a decade. McGrain has permanent sculpture installations at the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York; St. Paul Sculpture Park, St. Paul, Minnesota; Kissimmee Prairie Preserve, Okeechobee, Florida; Brand Park, Elmira, New York; Grange Audubon Center, Columbus, Ohio; Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Museum Civico Zoologia, Rome, Italy.