The Cross-Pollination Lectures is a series of conversations between artists and botanists that will accompany the exhibition.
Glass Models Throughout History
Glass Artist Debora Moore & Jennifer Brown, Collection Manager, Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants at Harvard University Herbaria
Debora Moore’s widely lauded and visionary glassblowing skills were for many years dedicated exclusively to her joyful sculptural exploration of orchids, an obsession that grew from a chance encounter with a hardware store plant. She draws and watercolors the orchids she sees in her travels in her sketchbooks, and these become references for the sculptures. As a result, her style is much more personal than clinical, inspiring an appreciation of the painterly quality she is able to achieve with glass. Following in the footsteps of historical scientific glass models, and building from her formative years on Dale Chihuly’s team, Moore has arrived at her own distinct vocabulary. From the structure and overall form of a plant to the tiniest exquisite detail, her work rewards the inquisitive viewer.
Orchids: Attraction & Deception
On view: Feb. 4 - Aug. 1
The work included in this exhibition ranges widely; fitting for an exploration of one of the largest and most diverse plant groups on the planet. From pure botanical fascination to climate change, from historical model-making to collecting and colonization, ten artists approach the orchid from very different angles. The contemporary works are accompanied by astonishing antiquarian illustrations of orchids, generously loaned from the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s botanical library.
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