Welcome to Bird Land


Welcome to Bird Land: Michele L'Heureux
With artist/collaborator Helen Popinchalk

June 26 - October 13, 2018
Reception: Thursday, July 12, 4-6pm


June 26 – August 24, 2018
Summer Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri 9am-4pm, Closed July 4

September 4 – October 13, 2018
Fall Gallery Hours: Mon by appointment, Tues – Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm


We have a lot in common with birds: we both build elaborate nests, travel long distances, communicate with melodious complexity, and demonstrate incredible resilience and fragility. Birds are a barometer of how well humans are doing on this planet. Their survival is inextricably linked to our behavior, and our survival is surprisingly linked to their ability to thrive.  

Welcome to Bird Land draws inspiration from birds: their habitat, their flight patterns, their plumage, and the human enterprises of bird appreciation and bird-watching. In the exhibition, Michele L’Heureux, working with artist/collaborator Helen Popinchalk, explores how the encounter with one bird—the “spark bird”—can inspire a lifetime of admiration and wonder. Along with an interactive bird blind, the exhibition will feature collage, costumes, photography, and bird prints from the Lamont Gallery collection.

Welcome to this immersive ode to birds.

L’Heureux is an artist and curator who is currently Director and Curator of the galleries at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.  She has more than ten years of experience curating exhibitions with a particular focus on interdisciplinary exhibitions and programming that bring the humanities and sciences to bear on art. L’Heureux holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Temple University, an M.F.A. in Painting from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a B.A. in Studio Art from Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

Welcome to Bird Land is on view during Exeter Summer’s 100th anniversary. See the accompanying exhibition on Exeter Summer’s history in the Class of 1945 Library.


Image Credits: All images courtesy of Michele L’Heureux


Lamont Gallery programs are supported in part by the Michael C. Rockefeller ’56 Visiting Artists Fund.