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Andrea Lilienthal


Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee
Glyndor Gallery | September 13 – December 1, 2011

Vivid memories of growing up in Northern California and encountering animals and insects on family camping trips have inspired Andrea Lilienthal’s sculptures. Swarm suggests a swarm of bees but is, in fact, made of pussy willow catkins attached to wire. The creation of the sculpture was informed by the artist’s frightening childhood memory of disturbing a nest of wild bees during a family hike. She often combines natural materials with wire or paint to create suspended, lyrical sculptures. There is playfulness in the artist’s transformative process, which first begins with discovering natural materials in the landscape and continues in her studio where she assigns unexpected identities to them.

Andrea Lilienthal has worked as an artist, a museum educator and a curator. Residencies at the Virginia Center for the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center and the Haystack Mountain School for Crafts have provided her with opportunities to work in natural settings. Her solo exhibitions include Outside In, Kingsborough Community College Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, and the Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York, NY. She received an MA in painting and printmaking from Hunter College/CUNY, an MS in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.


For more information visit Andrea Lilienthal's website.


Swarm, 2006–2008

Swarm, 2006–2008
Pussy willow catkins and wire
7’ x 2’ x 2’
Courtesy of the artist 


Swarm, 2006–2008 (installation views)


Swarm, 2006–2008 (installation views)

Swarm, 2006–2008 (installation views)

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.