“Fractured Aviary” is a group exhibition presented by Antler Gallery & Talon Gallery, co-curated with Bayla Arietta and in collaboration with Yale University opening on Thursday, June 30th, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.
For the past year and a half, curator and artist Bayla Arietta has been working on an ongoing research project collecting data on bird window-strike casualties in the city of New Haven, Connecticut.
Working with other collaborators, including ecologist Dr. Andis Arietta, and the Executive Director of the Law, Ethics & Animals Program at Yale Law School, Viveca Morris, the project has unearthed the heart-breaking story highlighting the impact our built structures have on bird populations. It is estimated that over one billion birds die each year in the U.S. from window strikes. The group has decided to use the data they collected to pressure cities into re-examining their building ordinances and consider bird friendly designs.
One important aspect in the process of translating data from scientific information into something people can connect with and act upon is the ability to tell a compelling story. With this exhibition we hope to help build this narrative by showcasing works that focus on the beauty and fragility of bird species while also reckoning with the negative contribution of our own built environment, and the choices we make in constructing it, upon them.
Bayla applied for and won a Law, Ethics, & Animals Program (LEAP) Grant that is in place to advance understanding of, and draw attention to the urgent threats facing non-human animals. As a venue that consistently showcases nature based art, we’re so excited to embark on this co-curated exhibition. Together we have assembled a roster of over 60 established artists and asked them to create work which furthers the cause of raising awareness around this issue.