Friday, February 21, 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm – Collaborating With Birds

Renowned comparative psychologist Irene Pepperberg, Ph.D., shares her groundbreaking studies on intelligence and communication in African Grey parrots on Friday, February 21, beginning at 7:45 pm in the Morse Auditorium of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Her talk is followed by a panel discussion with Mary Jo McConnell, a featured artist in the Beyond Human: Artist-Animal Collaborations. Co-sponsored by the Essex County Ornithological Club. Made possible by The Margaret Nowell Graham Memorial Lecture Fund.

Beyond Human: Artist–Animal Collaborations features nearly 40 paintings, installations, photographs and audio and video recordings by artists who co-create or investigate art with live animals. From William Wegman’s iconic photography of his Weimaraners to Mary Jo McConnell’s paintings of elaborate bowerbird displays and Julia Oldham’s interpretative insect dances, Beyond Human reveals the varied ways in which contemporary artists interface with animals to create original and surprising works of art. Come and explore the nature of creativity, interact with live critters and be a part of the creative process.

Beyond Human features works by the following artists: Julie Andreyev, Hilary Berseth, Catherine Chalmers, Emil Fiore, Mark Fischer, Ryan Hackett, Steven R. Kutcher, Mary Jo McConnell, Alex Melamid and Vitaly Komar, Jim Nollman, Julia Oldham, Christine Peter, Daniel Ranalli, Ken Rinaldo, Corinna Schnitt, William Wegman, Yukinori Yanagi, and Amy Youngs.

Support provided by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.