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Tending toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden

April 03 - August 19, 2012
Glyndor Gallery

Wave Hill’s Wild Garden serves as inspiration for eight artists who have immersed themselves in the garden over the past year. The artists are particularly interested in the display of species from around the world, as well as the tension between the Wild Garden’s untamed appearance and the intensive activity required to create and maintain it. Works byIsabella Kirkland and Anat Shiftan portray the remarkable range of plant species represented in the Wild Garden, whileJulie Evans and Rebecca Morales embrace its plant palette and mix of spontaneity and control. Gary Carsley, Chris Doyle and Erik Sanner capture the stimulating experience of viewing the garden’s terrain; Janelle Lynch shares their interest in the cycles of growth, maintenance and decomposition of the Wild Garden’s plants over the seasons.

Located on the highest point of the property, the Wild Garden is itself a work of art, conceived by Marco Polo Stufano and John Nally, the visionary team whose creativity is felt everywhere at Wave Hill but most distinctively in the Wild Garden. The concept behind the Wild Garden is informed by the writings of William Robinson (1838–1935), an Irish gardener who advocated for an approach to gardening that preferred the natural to the formal. At Wave Hill it is interpreted in a way that seems spontaneous, playful and sensual. Today, the garden is tended by Wave Hill’s talented Horticulture staff, who are in the midst of rejuvenating the garden to ensure its continued health, beauty and sense of wonder.

Thank you to the artists for creating glorious new work that challenges us to see the Wild Garden as a living, changing place. We extend our gratitude to Feature Inc., BravinLee programs, JHB Gallery and Margaret Thatcher Projects, all of New York, NY. 

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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Inc., The New York Community Trust, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Wild Garden restoration has been made possible, in part, by The Leon Levy Foundation. Sustaining support for Wave Hill is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


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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.