January 25–May 31, 2020
See Audubon’s Birds of America come to life in this multimedia exhibition! Walk into the immersive video room “The Audubon Experience” and find yourself surrounded by a virtual swamp and forest where 20 of Audubon’s birds are brought to life through motion and sound.
“The Audubon Experience is unique,” says Don Luce, Bell curator of exhibits. “It’s a walk-in, immersive experience using Audubon’s art animated in an environmental setting.”
The exhibition will also include selections from the Bell’s rare double elephant folio of Birds of America, one of fewer than 120 in the world. See these original, recently conserved prints from our collection, as well as interpretive panels and materials from our Audubon and the Art of Birds exhibit.
Learn about Audubon’s life and travels, and flex your creative and observational muscles in a “Draw like Audubon” hands-on experience. Audubon made his perfectly sized and proportioned drawings using a grid method, and you can give it a try, too!
Start your weekend off on the right foot with balanced poses in the Bell Museum’s exhibition Audubon, Animated. This 60-minute gentle hatha-style class will be held in the immersive video installation “The Audubon Experience,” and include movements inspired by birds, a bird-themed guided relaxation, and meditation accompanied by birdsong.
Dive deep into the dioramas with expert guests. Learn about bird behavior, identify bird species in the dioramas, and explore threats to diversity.
Audubon Animated will include work by Bell resident artist Donald Thomas focused on birds, habitat, and climate change.
The Audubon Experience
Our exhibit will also include some special additions, including several of the Bell’s Audubon prints, interactive stations, and historical paneling from our Audubon and the Art of Birds exhibit.