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Cynthia Reeves Projects to present Conference of the Birds at Mana Contemporary
Opening: 1-5 pm, Sunday May 6th, 2012. Shuttle Service provided from Milk Studios

This innovative exhibition focuses on the esthetic, ecological and essential presence of birds. Featuring artworks by thirty artists from around the world, Conference of the Birds explores our collective fascination with birdlife and their habitats of water, earth and sky. With conceptual installations, photography and video art on display, this timely project serves as a metaphor for our capacity to embrace our role as stewards of the earth.

The title Conference of the Birds is taken from a Sufi text of the same name written in 1177.  It is a parable about striving toward enlightenment. In the text, Birds mimic the pain and beauty of the human journey and the art featured in Conference of the Birds embodies this complexity.

Featuring Janet Echelman, Jane Rosen, Petah Coyne, Nathalie Jerimijenko, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Shuli Sade, Sibylle Pasche, Hunt Slonem, Leslie Thornton, Sarah Amos, Ed Batcheller, Subhankar Banerjee, Mary Fray, Beth Ganz, Carsten Höller, Milan Klic, Paul Taylor for Renaissance Press, George Sherwood, David Burdeny, Penelope Gottleib, Judy Pfaff, Cindy Kane, Ran Hwang, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Michael Sacca, Randy West, Julia Barell
Here are some teaser photos from the press preview: