Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee
September 13 - December 01, 2011
Hive Culture presents diverse works by 18 contemporary artists who are preoccupied with the pivotal role that bees play in pollination, environmental health and our changing relationship to nature. While artists have been fascinated with bees for centuries, an intensified concern with Colony Collapse Disorder, a global phenomenon causing extensive colony losses, is evident in works created in the last decade. The curatorial team culled through a large body of artwork on the subject of honeybees and beekeeping to present a dynamic range of mediums and approaches.
Several threads weave through the exhibition. The artists share a keen involvement with nature and several are, or have been, beekeepers themselves, which gives their work a hands-on sensibility. They appreciate the complex world of the honeybee and share an urgency to convey the critical role that insect pollinators play in the diversity of food sources and the health of the earth. Their works are a plea to take notice. While the artists are immersed in science, the outcome of their research is very much art. In the works on view, there is a critical need and desire both to educate and quell the irrational fear that bees arouse.
Hive Culture builds on Insecta Magnifica, an exhibition that explored artists’ obsessive involvement with insects, and J. Morgan Puett’s The Grafter’s Shack, a generated@wavehill project in the Herbert and Hyonja Abrons Woodlands. Both were shown at Wave Hill in 2002, just as the public was becoming aware of the widespread disappearance of bees around the globe.
Wave Hill appreciates the importance of pollination to the garden landscape and supports established hives and beekeeping programs throughout the year. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to link exhibitions to the activity of the garden and toward this end Hive Culture is complemented by a series of lively public programs linking art and nature throughout the fall.
We extend grateful appreciation to the artists for creating and lending these diverse artworks, as well as to Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY; Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; McKee Gallery, New York, NY; and Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY.
Support for Wave Hill’s Visual Arts Program is provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Inc., The Greenwall Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. Sustaining support for Wave Hill is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.