“Aerialist,” Paul Villinski, 2017.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Focusing on wings of all kinds, Bergen Community College’s Gallery Bergen will open “Ornithology: Patterns in Flight” Thursday, Feb. 6 with a reception for artists, “avians” and aviators from 5 to 9 p.m. in West Hall at 400 Paramus Road. At the reception, clarinetist David Rothenberg will perform from his latest project, “The Nightingales in Berlin,” while pianist Sunbin Kim will play selections from Olivier Messiaen’s “Catalogue d’Oiseaux” (Catalogue of Birds). Also, Bergen students and faculty will conduct hands-on demonstrations of the College’s flight simulator and drones. Community birding clubs, ultralight aircraft enthusiasts, environmental organizations and the public are invited to attend the free reception.

The exhibition brings together a group of visual and sound artists exploring the coevolution of birds and humans, the ways in which birds have inspired humans in flight and in song and how their futures are intertwined, according to curator and Gallery Bergen Director Tim Blunk.

“The exhibition appeals to anyone whose imaginations are moved by birds,” he said. “Throughout our time on this planet, no other creatures have featured so powerfully in our creative lives and art.”

Curated by Blunk and artist Sarah Haviland, the exhibition will feature the works of Haviland, Caroline Bergonzi, Holly Ewald, Lynda Frese, Robert and Shana Parke Harrison, Sunbin Kim, Diane Moser, David Rothenberg and Paul Villinski.

“Ornithology: Patterns in Flight” will remain on view from Feb. 6 through March 27. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by special appointment. Gallery Bergen is located on the third floor of West Hall at the Paramus campus. For more information, email tblunk@bergen.edu or call (201) 879-8817.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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