Barrington’s White House will host one of the country’s foremost authorities on the works of John James Audubon, Barrington resident Joel Oppenheimer, in an exhibit and lecture entitled John James Audubon: An Introduction to his Life, Artwork and Collecting Audubon Prints. The lecture is free and open to the public.
John James Audubon’s rich, vibrant paintings of America’s birds are some of the most recognized and prized images in our history. For his book, The Birds of America, Audubon painted 435 life-size portraits—every bird then known in the United States, and some discovered by Audubon. This masterpiece of art took Audubon over 18 years; first to find and paint the birds, and then to produce and sell the book to subscribers. He also produced The Quadrupeds of America with the collaboration of John Bachman, as the artist’s eyesight was by then fading.
Mr. Oppenheimer has devoted his life to the study and conservation of fine art. He has lectured extensively on the subject of Audubon and the various editions of his work, and will share his knowledge on Audubon’s life and artwork, and on how to begin your own collection of Audubon prints.
Mr. Oppenheimer is the owner and president of a gallery and art conservation lab on the ground floor of the historic Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. He has assembled one of the largest privately held natural history art collections in the world and had pioneered the field of high-quality replication of museum collections utilizing cutting-edge digital imaging technologies. Oppenheimer has worked with some of the most prestigious museums in the world, including Chicago’s own Field Museum, The New York Historical Society and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in England.