Exhibition Provides A Caw To Action

first_imgThe works of five Nova Scotian artists have been gathered by theMuseum of Natural History, in partnership with Argyle Fine Art,as part of an engaging and evocative tribute to a creaturefamiliar to most Nova Scotians — the crow. Five Crows Silveropens on Saturday, May 29 at the Museum of Natural History inHalifax. Crows are not only familiar in our daily lives, they are alsoconspicuous elements in popular culture and folklore. Theexhibit’s title borrows its name from a centuries-old “countingcrows” rhyme and offers a mystical interpretation of these birds. “Crows are often passionately liked or disliked by people,” saidAdriana Afford, director of Argyle Fine Art in Halifax, “so it isnot surprising that they tend to be a recurring theme in varioustypes of artwork including literature, music and especially thevisual arts.” The exhibition continues this tradition through the presentationof 33 works by visual artists, Rose Adams, Alan Bateman, TaiyaBarss, Malcolm Callaway and Ivan Murphy. Through their own uniquestyle and artistic approach, each of the featured artists offersa different perspective and artistic response to crows and theirclose relatives. The museum is supplementing the artistic component of Five CrowsSilver with displays of current research and specimens pertainingto crows and their role in monitoring West Nile virus. Thedisplays will present information on how West Nile affects crowsin particular as well as other animals, including people. “Crows belong to the family Corvidae and are considered to beamong the most intelligent of all birds,” said Andrew Hebda,museum zoologist. “They are truly gregarious and engage in a widerange of social interactions that, when not for food or matingpurposes, can be considered to be play.” Five Crows Silver offers a unique opportunity to consider crowsthrough five distinct and exciting artistic expressions whilediscovering the environmental complexity of how a simple andbeautiful bird can be so devastated by a complex disease such asWest Nile virus. “This show is special in marrying the worlds of art and scienceand engaging the viewer to reflect on the highly intelligent,mystical, often playful bird and its future in our world,” saidMs. Afford. In Nova Scotia, the American crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos, is whatmost people will see. The raven, blue jay and grey jay (orwhiskey jack) also belong to the corvid family and are widespreadin this part of the world. Five Crows Silver is on display from Saturday, May 29 until Oct.31 at the Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St., Halifax.last_img read more