On View
Jan 30, 2009–Apr 5, 2009

This exhibition presented a ground-breaking look at the process of visual perception. Each of the images required several years of painstaking preparation to create and open a window into the interaction between the birds of Fort Davis, Texas and the nature that encompasses them. Mylayne meticulously composed each work by deliberately pinpointing a location, the ideal subject, and the appropriate scale. As a result, viewers entered environments that seem familiar yet were outside of the traditional nature of photography. Organized by the Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston. 

The exhibition and publication were made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Lannan Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts and its presenting partner, the Levant Foundation; the French Cultural Services; the Office of the Chancellor, U of I; and Office of the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, U of I. Image credit: Jean Luc Mylayne, No. 186, January February 2004, 2004, c-print, Courtesy of artist and Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York © Jean Luc Mylayne

Exhibition Programming

February 5–5:30 pm
Gallery Conversation
"Photography: Multiple Takes on Warhol's Portraits and Mylayne's Birds" with Jennifer Burns(Art History), Brigit Kelly (English), Ernesto Scott (Photography), and Terri Weissman (Art History)

March 5–5:30 pm
Gallery Conversation
"Birds in Art: Audubon Prints and Mylayne Photographs" with Jo Kibbee (curator), Jeffrey Brawn (Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences), Richard Burkhardt (History), Gregory Lambeth (bird enthusiast), and Jennifer Monson (Dance)

Guest Curator: Terrie Sultan