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Culture notes: High to show South Carolinian’s bird carvings this fall; Fox’s August film slate announced

Avian art at High
A different kind of exhibit will take wing this fall at the High Museum of Art, a show of 34 naturalistic bird carvings by South Carolina artist Grainger McKoy, the museum has announced.

On view Sept. 25-Jan. 8, “The Sculpture of Grainger McKoy” also will also include a selection of models and color sketches and a film of the artist at work in his studio.

 McKoy’s sculpture is “finely rendered and artistically designed, challenging popular conceptions of wildlife art,” High director Michael Shapiro said in a release.

Distinct from many wildlife artists, McKoy hand carves individual feathers and inserts them into place — a technique he introduced at the beginning of his career more than four decades ago. Pulling from his college studies of architecture and zoology, he crafts complex compositions of birds taking flight that appear to defy gravity.

The High-organized exhibit is being curated by the museum’s American art curator Stephanie Heydt. HOWARD POUSNER

Final Fox summer films
The Fox Theatre has announced the August titles that conclude its 2011 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” (2 p.m. Aug. 27), “Citizen Kane″ (7:30 p.m. Aug.  27) and “Cars 2” (2 p.m. Aug. 28). The Fox previously announced it will show “The Mark of Zorro,” the 1920 silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks, accompanied by Clark Wilson on the “Mighty Mo” organ (7:30 p.m. Aug. 25). General admission tickets (includes organ sing-a-long and classic cartoon), $8, are available at the Fox box office and at Ticketmaster outlets, 1- 800-745-3000, Evening pre-screening wine-tastings, $12. HOWARD POUSNER

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