This summer at NYBG, celebrated contemporary artist Ebony G. Patterson alludes to the hidden histories of the garden in "…things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…," featuring thought-provoking sculptures and horticulture displays. The artist responds to the collections of NYBG with a living work of art that sheds light on the historical relevance of our collective pasts and the potential for healing in renewal.
Patterson's work embraces the lush, colorful, and enticing elements of gardens while offering bold and provocative moments. Hundreds of glittering vultures descend like shadows to gather among wound-like ruptures in the landscape. Colorful plantings and ghostly cast glass sculptures represent extinct species that now exist only as specimens in NYBG’s Herbarium, serving as a reminder of what we stand to lose. Displays in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library feature an immersive video installation, woven tapestries, and paper works that continue Patterson’s artistic viewpoint on gardens and wild, uncultivated nature.
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June 5th, 2023
October 22nd, 2023
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