Hitnes, The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until July 3, 2022
The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon features work by the Italian artist Hitnes. The exhibition is a culmination of The Image Hunter project, in which Hitnes retraced Audubon’s travels in the United States and created work during a residency at the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston in 2017 and 2018. The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to host the final stop on this national touring exhibition from April 23-July 3, 2022.
In the early half of the nineteenth century, John James Audubon spent decades tracking birds and drawing them, hoping to create a compendium of all of the birds in the United States. Nearly two hundred years later, the Italian painter and muralist Hitnes embarked on a twenty-city road trip to retrace and rediscover the America that Audubon traversed in the making of his opus The Birds of America (1827-39). Traveling along Audubon’s exploratory routes, Hitnes observed, sketched, and painted what he saw, creating an updated visual documentation of Audubon’s birds.
Hitnes’s exhibition documents his journey, elaborating on what it is that drives a person to dedicate multiple decades of their life to pursuing an obsession like Audubon did.
From April 19-29, Hitnes will also paint three permanent murals on the Honey Horn property. The public is encouraged to visit the museum and see Hitnes at work.