October 3, 2017

Now Those Days Are Gone: An Exhibition by Artist, Duke Riley

If you’re in or around New York City through October 21st, I strongly encourage you to visit Magnan Metz’ "Now Those Days Are Gone", an exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist, Duke Riley.

The show is an extension of Duke's critically acclaimed 2016 public artwork called "Fly by Night", the beautiful and inspiring tribute to the pigeon and the fascinating history of pigeon flying. This exhibit includes many of the actual elements from that project as well as new pieces. Among the works - 1000 hand-painted and embroidered portraits of some of the many pigeons that participated in "Fly By Night". There are also large scale photographs showing the amazing  pigeon flight patterns, and authentic facades of the pigeon coops and mobile units used to transport and house the birds. Many of the birds were from Duke’s personal flock, and borrowed or rescued from pigeon fanciers in the region. Duke kept most of the pigeons as his pets. Others were returned to their original homes, or placed with experienced bird owners. As many of you may know, I am keeping a small number at my Bedford, New York farm. 

I attended the exhibit's opening last week. Here are some photos - enjoy.