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Look, it’s daybreak, dear, time to sing

August 19, 2021 — December 4, 2021

From suburbs to farmlands to the heart of densely populated cities, birds dwell wherever humans have settled. Some find ways to thrive in these transforming ecologies, while others are adversely impacted, if not threatened with extinction. In their varied ways of cohabiting with humans, birds offer rich situations to reflect on the implications of living in more-than-human worlds. For their exhibition entitled Look, it’s daybreak, dear, time to sing, Canadian artist duo Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens present works that explore points of contact between birds and humans in an effort to expand the meaning of hospitality, care, communication, and attentiveness between species. Comprised of interrelated bodies of sculptural and video work, the show pays particular attention to human coexistence with nature here in the Great Plains and asks us to expand our ability to imagine and build shared worlds for generations of avians, humans, and a host of other species. In Wichita, the exhibition will be accompanied by several exciting programs created in partnership with local organizations that promote care for the environment and animals.

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3:30 P.M. Program | Reception to follow. Dr. Alice Boyle is an Associate Professor of Biology at Kansas State University. Her talk is in conjunction with the fall exhibition Look, it's daybreak, dear, time to sing: Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens.
Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm 
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1845 Fairmount; Wichita, KS 67260-0046
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