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Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art
Hudson River Museum
October 11, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Joyce Kozloff, Barbara Takenaga, and Darren Waterston are all included in Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art, an exhibit exploring out fascination with this symbol of vainglory and the darling of designers and painters. This is the first scholarly survey of the peacock in art. Strutting in its sapphire-blue and emerald-green feathers, the peacock symbolizes all things vain and beautiful in centuries of painting, sculpture, in books and myth, and on clothes that swirl and shine like the iridescent bird itself. Intrigued by the exotic art of Asia that prized and portrayed the peacock, Western artists and craftsmen chose the peacock as a multi-faceted motif for designs on canvas and for objets d’art in the home.

The exhibition includes works from more than three dozen museums, galleries and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Yale Center for British Art.

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