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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Chinese Garden Sample (Lower), Birge no. 9150, 1924-25; wallpaper, 29 1/2 x 28 1/8 inches; Gift of Reed Forest Products Inc.

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Chinese Garden Sample (Lower), Birge no. 9150, 1924-25; wallpaper, 29 1/2 x 28 1/8 inches; Gift of Reed Forest Products Inc.

Lecture / Discussion  |  Music in Nature: The Bird Sounds/Vocalizations that Inspired Charles Burchfield

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 2 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

Birds have fascinated humans from our earliest times, not only for their ability to fly, but for the beautiful and interesting sounds they make. Some of the most respected ornithologists were also artists, who brought to the common person images to help us learn and understand birds and their behaviors. In this lecture, we’ll discuss the various avian sounds and vocalizations that inspired Burchfield’s work, paying special attention to their meaning and purpose. We’ll delve into cross-species “language” and spend a bit of time reveling in the beauty these amazing beings bring to our existence, both visually and audibly.

About Mary Jo Graham:  

Founder and director of Oakmoss Education, which works to bring people and nature into harmony through workshops, lectures and field outings. Ms. Graham is also an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at SUNY Erie teaching Environmental Science and Field Ecology

This event is free with gallery admission.