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Henrik Håkansson

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson, who gained attention in the 1990s for organizing a techno rave for the benefit of twenty-odd frogs (Frog For e.s.t. [eternal sonic trance], 1995) and amplifying the sound of chirping crickets to concertlike volume levels (The Monsters of Rock Tour, 1996) has lately turned his talents to documenting the Spix’s macaw, one of the world’s most endangered birds. “Henrik Håkansson: Cyanopsitta spixii Case Study #001,” Håkansson’s US solo museum debut, was dedicated to turning the macaw’s extinction in the wild into a multimedia project layered with innumerable disturbing and provocative facts about this particular feathered friend and, of course, by extension, to nature as a whole.

Central to Håkansson’s installation is a long-dead and taxidermied macaw on loan from Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Placed legs-up in a glass case at the center of the

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