“Birdland and the Anthropocene”

Oct. 6

Local artist and long-time birder Lynne Parks has curated this group show at the Peale Center after researching and taking note of dwindling local bird populations, asking us “to consider how our city’s architecture and the built environment impact the natural ecosystems in the Anthropocene”—that is, the epoch that scientists have posited we’ve been in since the 1950s. Having moved on from the relative stability of the Holocene, we’re now in the Anthropocene, which is marked by humans’ influence on the environment in the form of drastic pollution, CO2 emissions, and sea level rising, among other things. So the 28 artists and collaborators featured here consider these issues and their implications (extinction, the human’s hand in changing what’s “natural,” and so on). The month-long exhibition also includes artist talks and performances, including the BSO’s principal cellist Dariusz Skoraczwski, who on Oct. 15 will perform “bird song-influenced selections.” Opening reception Oct. 6, 6-10 p.m., exhibition up through Oct. 29, The Peale Center, 225 Holliday St., thepealecenter.org, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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