LITERARY CHICKENS Book Launch at McNally Jackson Williamsburg
Nov 02, 2018

LITERARY CHICKENS Book Launch at McNally Jackson Williamsburg

What: Book launch and release party for Literary Chickens by Beth Moon

Where: McNally Jackson Williamsburg, 76 N. 4th St., Unit G, Brooklyn, NY 11249

When: Friday, November 2nd from 7PM-9PM

“[Beth Moon’s] images have a fairy-tale quality to them . . . without color, I could see things that had at first escaped my eyes: their elegant bearing, their strong expressions, and the ethereal quality and texture of their feathers. By eliminating the color, Beth allowed me to see the chickens’ beauty in a deeper way.”

Isabella Rossellini, from the foreword to Literary Chickens

Join best-selling photographer of Ancient Trees, Beth Moon, for a book launch in celebration of her new release, Literary Chickens, a fierce, funny, and flamboyant collection of fifty-two heritage-breed chickens assessing the camera with a keen gaze. By focusing on the faces of her avian subjects, Beth Moon reveals them to us not just as beautiful and exotic creatures, but as individuals in their own right.

Moon will be in conversation with cultural critic and author Collier Brown, discussing the connection between the animal world and the human world, their artistic practices, and more. After the discussion, Moon will sign copies of her book.

Beth Moon, a New York–based photographer, has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum-palladium prints. Her bestselling books include Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time and Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees.

Collier Brown is an internationally-recognized photography critic and poet.

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Literary Chickens

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 From the best-selling photographer of Ancient Trees, an arresting collection of black-and-white chicken portraits paired with quotations from classic literature.

Fierce, funny, and flamboyant, fifty-two heritage-breed chickens assess the camera with a keen gaze. By focusing on the faces of her avian subjects, Beth Moon reveals them to us not just as beautiful and exotic creatures, but as individuals in their own right.

Moon’s intimate portraits capture a startling range of emotions and personalities, underscored by excerpts from literature. A martial Spanish White Face is flanked by a passage from Beowulf; a fantastical Buff-Laced Polish, by a line from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and a refined Blue Polish, by a character sketch from Swann’s Way.

Essays by chicken keeper and best-selling author Melissa Caughey and cultural critic Collier Brown shed additional light on this fresh and remarkable body of work, which will appeal to animal lovers and literature buffs alike.

Beth Moon, a New York–based photographer, has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum-palladium prints. Her other books include Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time and Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees.

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