Posts Tagged 'bird'

Arturo’s Bird-Day Bash

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At this week’s First Tuesday, we threw the biggest bird-day bash around for our loveable family mascot Arturo, and hundreds of toddlers and preschoolers came to help us celebrate!

Our party guests enjoyed a bird-themed puppet show, made paper bird sculptures in the studio, and searched the Museum’s galleries for more bird friends hiding in the art.

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And the best surprise of all–the children made birthday cards for Arturo!

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And he couldn’t be happier! Happy birthday Arturo!

Leah Hanson
Manager of Early Learning Programs

Friday Photos: Let's Get Ornithological!

Over the past few weeks, whenever I left my house, I was dive-bombed by birds. At first, the experience was surreal and Hitchcockian: an ugly honking sound, and then mockingbirds—always the same two culprits—would take turns swooping just inches over my head. I wasn’t sure what I’d done to upset them, but this past weekend, I finally solved the mystery. It turns out that my assailants had built a nest in the ivy over my front porch. This is the best image I could get without getting pecked:

Between these hatchlings and the chickens I recently adopted, I’ve been feeling a little bit plagued by birds lately. So I thought I would use this blog post as an opportunity to share some of my favorite bird-related artwork in the DMA’s collection.

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I’m not sure that there’s a figure as ubiquitous in art around the world and across time as that of the bird. The images of birds I’ve selected are only a few of the many that can be found in the museum. What are your favorites?

Tom Jungerberg

IMLS Grant Coordinator


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