Now commonly used to refer to a “short communication of 140 characters,” prior to 2006 tweet was used to describe the chirp of a bird, generally perceived as a sweet or happy sound.
In New York City, we witness more and more pedestrians striding through life with heads buried in smartphones. We tweet, we text, we email on the go. The simple act of looking around as we go about our daily journey is being lost to an ever more fragmented and hectic contemporary society.
The exhibition Tweet asks us to pause, reflect, and remember a simple act that is available to everyone. Look around you, enjoy nature, and see the birds.
All the artworks included in Tweet come from a similar starting point – that of careful observation of nature, specifically of birds. To identify and study at great and near distances, with quiet observation and in fleeting moments – this kind of looking is encouraged by these works. As part of the exhibition, CMA asks viewers to use their technology to come together in shared games around bird spotting, or to simply put the gadgets away and draw from nature.
Amy Jean Porter
The CMA Collection
Thursday, November 14th 3-6 PM
Sunday, December 15th 12-3 PM
Saturday, January 11th 12-3 PM
Thursday, January 23rd 3-6 PM
There’s more to this city’s aviary scene than just pigeons. This Columbus Day weekend, CMA will host a bird bingo scavenger hunt, searching for 5 of the most popular birds in the city.
Find and tweet the following list of famous feathered friends to CMA with the hashtag #birdbingo. Those who find all five will be entered to win a family membership!
1) Swans in Central Park
2) Pale Male on Fifth Avenue
3) Hawks of Prospect Park
4) Green Parrots of Greenwood Cemetery
5) The Bird Sculptures in Canal Street A/C/E Station
Use this map along your route!