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Gallery Talk: Birds of Audubon and Hitnes
April 10 @ 11:00 pm - April 11 @ 12:00 am
The City of Lake Charles will host a gallery talk on “The Birds of Audubon and Hitnes” at 1911 City Hall Arts and Cultural Center on Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public with free admission. Irvin Louque and Devin Morgan will lead the talk.
The talk will take place amongst the dynamic art exhibit entitled HITNES The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon. The exhibition is a culmination of the work of Italian artist Hitnes, who spends three months retracing the journey of John James Audubon over 200 years ago in the making of his 1813 book, Birds of America. Audubon spent decades tracking and drawing birds in hopes to catalog the wildlife of a young America.
The gallery talk will focus on the bird species painted by Hitnes, as well as use examples of how efforts have been made to bring back species that were nearly gone from the ecosystem (such as the reintroduction of the Brown Pelican to Louisiana), and how everyone has a role in helping birds by planting native plants and reducing society’s carbon footprint.
“From the time of Audubon to the journey of Hitnes, the birds of America overcame the challenges of overhunting and pesticides with our help, and only we can help them in their latest challenge—living with us,” said Louque, parks program manager for the City of Lake Charles.
Morgan is the interim director of Imperial Calcasieu Museum, and his talk will focus on the life and works of John James Audubon. In conjunction with the third floor exhibit, a Audubon installation is on temporary view in the gallery annex. It is a part of the permanent collection of Imperial Calcasieu Museum located in the Gibson-Barham Library.
Both exhibitions are on display until April 27 in the third floor gallery. HITNES The Image Hunter was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts.
Historic City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.