The first of its kind at Planting Fields, this exhibition by artists Mark Dion and David Brooks ushers in the Foundation’s new Catalyst program created to bring newly commissioned work by living artists to the site with the goal of continuing the legacy of arts patronage embraced by the Coes.

The installations of Dion and Brooks can be visited in the Carl F. Wedell Bird Sanctuary and a corresponding exhibition including the artists’ renderings and models for the project was on display inside Coe Hall from September 2020 until October 2021.

The works frame Dion’s and Brooks’ dueling views on birdwatching or “birding” as an activity and birders as a distinct community, with reflection upon the character and vulnerability of the habitat the observer occupies.  Like the artists, both of whom have participated in numerous ornithology expeditions, Planting Fields founder W.R. Coe was also a bird enthusiast and endowed the Professor of Ornithology position at Yale University, an appointment that historically and currently has been filled by the world’s leading ornithologists.

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Aerial view of Budding Bird Blind and the Posh Blind.

Budding Bird Blind  by David Brooks

Exhibition gallery in Coe Hall

Interior of The Posh Blind by Mark Dion

The Posh Blind by Mark Dion

Exhibition Book
The Great Bird Blind Debate
, is a limited edition, full-color, hard cover book published by Planting Fields Foundation in conjunction with the exhibition by the same name.  Rich photography is paired with an exchange between artists Mark Dion and David Brooks, a Planting Fields bird list, timeline of ornithology, and contributions by New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid, J. Drew Lanham, Nadir Souirgi, Corinne Spencer, Hara Woltz and Planting Fields Foundation Executive Director Gina J. Wouters. 

Available exclusively through Planting Fields Foundation Museum Shop in Coe Hall.


About the Artists
Mark Dion has had major exhibitions at Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York, dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany, MoMA PS1 in New York City, ICA Boston, British Museum of Natural History in London, Guggenheim Bilbao and the Tate Gallery in London and his work can be found in the collections of MoMA, Tate Gallery, Carnegie Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou and Seattle Art Museum.

David Brooks has had major exhibitions at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, MoMA PS1 in New York City, Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, New York, along with exhibitions at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, Vizcaya Museum in Miami, Florida and major commissions from The Trust for Governors Island, Art Production Fund with the Time Square Alliance, and deCordova Museum, Massachusetts.