MAY 16 – JULY 18, 2018 Gage & Christensen Galleries STILL. HERE.

MAY 16 – JULY 18, 2018
Gage & Christensen Galleries
Augsburg University
2211 Riverside Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Luchetti in the Gage Gallery and Kendrick in the Christensen Gallery in an exhibition titled Still. Here. Barbara Kendrick tackles aging and Monique Luchetti takes on death, both reckoning with mortality.

Kendrick plasters her own image onto a pantheon of historic statuary plucked from the halls of museums, confronting our culture’s aversion to seeing the wrinkled truths of aging.  Luchetti resurrects anonymous dead birds she finds in ornithology collections, draws portraits of them, in the hope of redemption.

Gage Gallery Artist Monique Luchetti. 

Over the past few years Luchetti has researched ornithology collections, looking through hundreds of drawers of bird study-skins. The collections remind her of a library’s deep storage, long forgotten cemeteries, and ancient archeological sites. The kind of places humans cherish for the clues offered to us about our own species.

For Luchetti, these silent places bear witness to past lives now forgotten, like the lost voices from a first-century Greek marketplace buried under the twelfth-century Basilica of San Lorenzo in Naples. Voices that were once heard in the excavated whorehouse in Pompeii, or in the Mithras temple found 6 stories beneath the Church of St. Clemente in Rome.

Ornithology collections are as these ancient places are. Drawers filled with study-skins that were once living birds, with song, and flight – and souls. Now they are remains, cataloged, anonymous, an identity tag tied to a leg specifying their species, date of death and perhaps the name of their cataloger. The study-skins in this work embody Luchetti's personal sense of loss and of hope.

The focal point of this exhibition is a large drawing, Forget-Me-Not, Version II. The artwork is 7 feet high and 17 feet long and composed of 27 assembled sheets of paper. The drawing represents bird species that are endangered or threatened with extinction in the United States. The research for this drawing was done at the Yale University Peabody Museum. The other drawings in the exhibition are studies done from the collection at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia.


Forget-Me-Not / Solo Exhibition by Monique Luchetti

Solo Exhibition by Monique Luchetti
October 5 – November 10
First Friday Reception October 5, 7-9pm
Artist lecture Friday, October 5, 2pm
Monique Luchetti will be joining The Art Center on October 5 to display Forget-Me-Not, a body of work that features endangered birds of Australia and Colorado. Luchetti attended Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she received her Master’s in Painting. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and is highly acclaimed as a nationally recognized artist. Her works have be shown worldwide, and she was the recipient of the Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant.
Luchetti’s thoughtful arrangements have a metaphoric quality suggestive of ritual and burial as she carefully arranges the visual components of each piece. The scenes contain birds, lifeless and illustrated in tones of gray with a splash of color provided by floral bouquets or organic patterning. These cryptic yet visually striking images of the deceased show the creatures on their backs, as if prepared for burial. There is a ceremonial quality to her dark still-life works. The hollow eyes seem to communicate the permanence of loss and the absence of soul, while flightless bodies make a bold statement stimulating a visual dialog regarding these endangered fowl friends.
Luchetti used the taxidermied birds in the ornithology collections at the Queensland Museum in Australia and the Peabody Museum at Yale University as references for the works in this exhibition. One of the main pieces in the body of work is a large-scale drawing focusing on the endangered birds of Colorado. Luchetti says that she thinks about each bird as an anonymous individual. She is hoping to bring the birds to life in her exhibition and spread awareness of the endangered species around the world.
Join Luchetti at 2pm on Friday, October 5, for a one-hour lecture where she will discuss her distinctive works and the process that have led to their creation.
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Birdland and the Anthropocene

OCT 20, 2017
“Birdland and the Anthropocene” at the Peale Center

Pencil and gouache drawings of falcons and owls on Nepalese lokta paper, by Monique Luchetti, acknowledge death and life in nature. Luchetti draws birds from ornithology collections in pencil, and then layers these mournful specimens with colorful imagery to represent the former life force and soul of these creatures. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)
A thought-provoking exhibition, “Birdland and the Anthropocene,” scrutinizes birds even more seriously than devoted Ravens and Orioles fans do on game day. The art, which fills four floors of the Peale Center, ponders ornithology from numerous perspectives, but the overriding theme is extinction. For declining bird populations there is no consolation that next season will be better.
Anthropocene refers to the current geological period, in which the impact of humans on our planet is pervasive. Birds are disappearing due to loss of habitat, pesticides, invasive species, building collisions, commercial demand for wild birds, and even free-roaming cats. Baltimore artist and bird conservation advocate Lynne Parks has curated the show, which brings together over thirty artists and performers to look at the different ways we are failing birds, an essential and beautiful part of our ecosystem.
For this ornithological examination, the former Peale Museum on Holliday Street is the perfect habitat. The 1814 building has deteriorated from years of neglect, and like our birds, is a living dinosaur on life support. Now called the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, the museum started by Rembrandt Peale is undergoing major renovations. Plans call for a range of cultural activities and innovative approaches to history education and artistic expression. The Peale, which was dedicated to art and natural history, has come full circle with this ambitious show.
Artist talks will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, and a program of early bird recordings will be presented at noon on Sunday, October 22. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays, 12 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. A closing costume party begins at 7 p.m. on October 28, before the final day of the show on October 29, 2017. 

Brattleboro Museum: Drawing On In Out

Ornithology: Works by Barbara Kendrick and Monique Luchetti

Ornithology: Works by Barbara Kendrick and Monique Luchetti
Exhibit: Monday, September 28– Saturday, November 7 
Reception: Thursday, October 1, 5–7 p.m.
Gallery Talk by Kendrick and Luchetti at 6:30 p.m.
Music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble
Additional lectures:
Barbara Kendrick, Wednesday, September 30, 1:15 p.m.
Monique Luchetti, Thursday, October 1, 1:15 p.m.
Additional programming related to the exhibition:
Parkland College Sustainability Program activities
Nature visit from the Anita Purvis Nature Center
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College presents a two-person art exhibition exploring ideas about humans’ daily interaction with wildlife and our impact on nature.
“Ornithology: Works by Barbara Kendrick and Monique Luchetti” opens Monday, September 28 and runs through Saturday, November 7, 2015. In conjunction with the exhibit, a reception honoring the artists is scheduled for Thursday, October 1 from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring a gallery talk by Kendrick and Luchetti at 6:30 p.m. 
Additional exhibit lectures in the gallery include a presentation by Kendrick on September 30 and one by Luchetti on October 1, both at 1:15 p.m. The exhibit, reception and lectures are free and open to the public.
Kendrick and Luchetti have a fascination and sympathy with birds, but their work is divergent in concepts, material, and process. Although the artists take different approaches in their body of work, they both use images of birds to speak to the ways our lives are inextricably tied together, interdependent and bound to the earth for survival.
“We are alive in a world where the distinction between what we know to be human and what we believe to be animal is shrinking,” the artists said about their exhibit.
Kendrick, a retired professor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, admires birds’ ability to survive and adapt to new, sometimes hostile environments. The way they build nests in the alphabet of signs on storefronts, or gather cigarette butts to line their nests, informs her collages. As she makes her work, she tries to match her own sense of improvisation with that of the birds. Each collage opens up new questions about our connection to the way the birds live in our world. 
Luchetti, a Brooklyn-based studio artist, sifts through museums’ ornithology collections as if they were cemeteries, gleaning the identities of the birds for her drawings, preserved and tagged by humans for further study. Her drawings are a meditation of loss and remembering and on the contradiction inherent in humans: racing to collect, classify, and catalog species while continuing to haplessly destroy the same species through climate change and the devastation of the planet’s forests and oceans.
In addition to the artist lectures, and in tandem with Parkland College’s Sustainable Campus Committee, Giertz Gallery will host a program titled “Owls and Avian Adaptations” on Tuesday, October 20 from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in the gallery lounge. Savannah Donovan from the Urbana Park District’s Anita Purves Nature Center will introduce audiences to Quasi, the Eastern screech owl. Donovan will reveal the amazing adaptations that allow owls to thrive in darkness. Other avian specimens will be on hand for comparison. 
(October is Campus Sustainability Month, and Parkland’s Sustainable Campus Committee will be hosting several other activities and events throughout the month at Parkland. Please visit the Parkland College website for more information.) 
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. 
To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through door X-7, turn left, and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.
Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution; for accommodation, call 217/351-2505.
For more information on the exhibit, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit

University of Connecticut Stamford Art Gallery


University of Connecticut Stamford Campus
Contacts: University of Connecticut Stamford Art Gallery Board members Kerrie Mills (203) 251-8541 ; Gary Faulkner (203) 251-8450
Artists: Monique Luchetti James Mullen
UConn Stamford Art Gallery presents
Drawings by Monique Luchetti and Paintings by James Mullen
September 8th – October 16th, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday 9/10, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
The UConn Stamford Art Gallery is pleased to present the art works of Monique Luchetti and James Mullen, entitled STILLThe exhibit will show from September 8th through October 16th 2014. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, September 10th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. This reception is free and open to the public.
With the Fall season bringing change in the natural world, these two artists bring attention to our surroundings through their art. Monique Luchetti uses oversized birds to represent the impending mass extinction in the plant and animal world. Her unique drawings draw questions from the viewers with the hope to inspire awareness. Her focus on birds is drawn from her fascination of bird skins collected from amateurs and professionals and presented in various museums. Monique is a visual artist from Brooklyn, NY, and has exhibited her works nationally and internationally
James Mullen’s paintings show exquisite landscapes and scenery that reminisce his rural childhood. His work focuses on the ability of something as simple as light to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. He also focuses on the relationship between photography and paintings and the roles they play in our experiences. His inspiration is drawn from his belief that the landscape is a natural vessel for ideas and states of mind. James is currently the Associate Professor in the Department of Art at Bowdoin College, ME and has been studying art for more than 30 years and has received numerous awards for his works.
About the Art Gallery: A large, inviting space located off the Main Concourse, which serves as the heart of the UConn campus in Downtown Stamford. Free parking is available in the UConn garage located just off the intersection of Broad Street and Washington Boulevard. The Gallery is open, Monday – Thursday 9 am to 7 pm, Friday & Saturday until 5 pm. For more information including directions, call (203) 251-8400 or visit the website at