American artists as different as Alexander Calder, choreographer Merce Cunningham and anonymous Northwest Indians are represented in a wide-ranging exhibition that takes wing with birds as its theme.

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"Like a Bird," on show at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art through Oct. 13, explores how birds have inspired artists all over the world, from man's early history to the present day.Works featured in the exhibition range from a fourth-century B.C. Chinese phoenix to feathered costumes from Peru, Indian masks from the American Northwest and Benin bronzes from Africa. The lure of flight shows up in 15th- and 16th-century paintings and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Jan Bruegel.

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