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Ngoc Minh Ngo: Wave Hill Florilegium

September 15 - December 31, 2019
Wave Hill House

Pictured above: Ngoc Minh Ngo, Wave Hill, The Flower Garden in Late Spring, May 26, 2017, Courtesy of the artist.


“Ever since I moved to New York City 30 years ago, I’ve thought of Wave Hill as my own private garden. But I don’t mind sharing. It’s a horticultural escape for concrete-weary city folk in all weather, and Ngoc Minh Ngo’s poetic photographs capture the passing seasons beautifully.” 
                                                                                 —Stephen Orr, author and editor

Acclaimed photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo captures the gardens and grounds of Wave Hill in four seasons with dreamy, intimate photographs. Ngo finds inspiration in the depth of color and variety of mood in water, sky and verdurous landscape. Exploring these natural complexities at Wave Hill, Ngo depicts misty sunlight through emerald trees, blooming lilacs over a placid Hudson River, and autumnal and snow-covered trees along the Palisades. She visited the garden regularly over a two-year period, especially at dawn and dusk, to capture the diversity of the gardens. Ngo’s photographs illustrate both iconic views and far-flung corners of the grounds, including the Flower Garden, Shade Border, Wild and Aquatic Gardens and Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. Florilegium is a collection of vibrant, jewel-toned plant portraits. The artist herself selected these blooming floral specimens from around the garden, photographing them onsite during her four-month, spring residency at Wave Hill.

Also on view are selected photographs taken by Ngo for the new book Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill, published by Timber Press in September. The text celebrates the beauty of Wave Hill while exploring the plants, techniques and aesthetic choices. Author Thomas Christopher gives attention to distinct garden areas and shares insights on design and gardening methods from horticultural staff past and present. In addition to illustrating this text with her remarkable photographs, Ngo’swork has been published in Vogue, T Magazine, Architectural Digest, Cabana, and House & Garden UK. She is the author of three books, Bringing Nature Home: Floral Arrangements Inspired by Nature, In Bloom: Creating and Living with Flowers, and Eden Revisited: A Garden in Northern Morocco.


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Pictured above: Ngoc Minh Ngo, Wave Hill, Lilacs in Bloom, May 03, 2017, Courtesy of the artist.

Pictured above: Ngoc Minh Ngo, Wave Hill, Elm Tree in Winter, March 8, 2018, Courtesy of the artist.

Pictured above: Ngoc Minh Ngo, Wave Hill, Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’, Courtesy of the artist.

Learn more about the artist here.

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.