Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock reveals why history has acclaimed Audubon an American icon and deemed the New-York Historical Society’s watercolors a national treasure. Considered America’s first great watercolorist, the legendary naturalist-artist rendered his birds in an unparalleled life-size scale. His years drawing portraits to support his family, coupled with his passion for drawing birds, enabled him to capture the individuality of each species in inventive tableaux.
Recommended for children ages 4–7.
Learn all about New York City’s own birds, including Pale Male the Red-Tailed hawk and the baby Blue Jays of 87th Street. Then head upstairs to see colorful and innovative depictions of birds (including Red-Tailed hawks!) in the first installment of the three-part series Audubon’s Aviary.
Join folklorist Bill Gordh and celebrate bird heroes, tricksters, and villains. Don’t forget to visit Audubon’s Aviary to see the birds of America!
March 9 and 10, 2 pm
Note: This event is sold out
This spring, the New-York Historical Society celebrates the sesquicentennial of its purchase of the 470 avian watercolors by Audubon, including the 435 models for The Birds of America, from Lucy Bakewell Audubon in 1863.
Smew (Mergellus albellus), Havell plate no. 347, ca. 1834–35
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, oil, and black ink with scratching out and touches of glazing
on paper, laid on card
Purchased for New-York Historical by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon,
Journey with wildlife artist Alan Messer to some of the most magical places in Central Park’s wooded Ramble, discovering along the way both resident and migrating birds. Delight in the fall warblers and sparrows along with late-migrating nuthatches, finches and visiting raptors. Walking tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.