Happiness: The Writer in the Garden with Bird-Watching

Event time: 
Friday, May 5, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, August 12, 2017 (All day)
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (BRBL) See map
121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

#BeineckeHappiness on view from May 5 through August 12
More information: http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/happiness


About Happiness: The Writer in the Garden

Like a wandering vine, the subject of garden-making winds through the shelves of books and boxes of archives in the Beinecke Library. In the materials that make up this exhibition, one state of mind appears over and again: Happiness. Writers of all dispositions seem to agree that the work of shaping the natural world into manageable plots brings particularly rewarding forms of joy and satisfaction. Many parts of the collections are represented in this exhibition – from 17th century printed books to contemporary archives.

About Bird Watching

Part scientific endeavor, part leisurely pastime, the activity “bird watching” includes the careful work of devoted scholars and that of curious backyard observers. Seeing and identifying the birds around us gives many a sense of connection to our natural world, even as the very creatures we watch have long symbolized the untethered flight of the spirit. In games and children’s literature, personal notes and intimate correspondence, birds and their lives on the wing captivate the imagination.

Bird Watching documents the real lives of birds—their forms, their songs, their behavior—in word and image; the exhibition honors, too, the birds of fantasy and wild imagination. Together these reflect an ongoing human fascination with the life of the skies.