VisArts’ Kaplan Gallery Presents Cranes in Motion

By Editorial Team on February 25, 2016

Fri, 26 February 2016 - Sun, 24 April 2016

Cathy Cook, Sandhill Close-Up, archival pigment inkjet print, 44 x 65 inches. Courtesy of VisArts.
Cathy Cook, Sandhill Close-Up, archival pigment inkjet print, 44 x 65 inches. Courtesy of VisArts.


Opening Reception: Friday, February 26 from 7pm to 9pm


Artist Talk and Screening of Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker: Sunday, March 13, 2pm
Panel Discussion with artists, scientists and conservationists: Sunday, April 3, 2pm

Exhibitions and events are always free and open to the public.

Cranes in Motion is the culmination of Cathy Cook’s extensive documentary research from 2013 to 2016. While in the field, she and collaborator Paul Dickinson braved freezing temperatures to document thousands of migrating cranes at their refueling stops in Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Maryland, capturing their calls, mating dances, migration patterns, nesting, and other activities. Cranes in Motion, a hybrid documentary of moving images and sound, explores the fascinating dynamics of crane culture and natural history. The exhibition aims to promote public interest, awareness, and appreciation of crane culture through a multifaceted portrayal of the natural history of this species and to allow the viewer to understand their human relationship to these extraordinary birds and our shared ecosystems.

About the Artist
Cathy C. Cook has been creating films, videos, poetry films, animation, collages and installations since the early 1980’s. Cook’s new project takes her to the largest migration locations for Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes to create the Cranes in Motion project. In 2012 and 2014 she received research grants from UMBC and the IRC to develop and produce this multi-media collection of works. This project includes animation, photos, moving images, sound and interactive installations. Visit

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
  • Friday: 12 – 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm

VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit or call 301-315-8200.