Gumberg Library Hosts “Moving Targets” Art Exhibition as Part of Project Passenger Pigeon Pittsburgh

This fall, the Gumberg Library hosted the art exhibition Moving Targets that commemorated the 2014 centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon.

“The exhibition parallels the plight of the passenger pigeon with that of the artists’ maternal lineage, piecing together the fragmented stories and forced migrations of both pigeons and Jews,” said artist Ann Rosenthal. The project is a collaboration between Rosenthal and Steffi Domike with Ruth Fauman Fichman, and also included 14 artists each representing a state within the former nesting range of the pigeon.

The exhibition corresponded with the common text selected for the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts learning communities, Joel Greenberg’s A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction. The art exhibition represented one part of a three-part series on campus, including also a screening of the film From Billions to None: A Documentary and accompanying panel discussion, and a lecture and book signing with Greenberg.

In hosting the exhibition, the Gumberg Library contributed to the Project Passenger Pigeon Pittsburgh coalition of institutions and individuals throughout the city. As part of a nationwide effort, the coalition came together to bring attention to the extinction of the passenger pigeon and to promote conservation.