Honoring the Memory of Sarah Gund
The Board of Directors and staff of Wave Hill deeply mourn the loss of our dear friend Sarah Gund, who died on August 18 at the age of 81. Sarah was a passionate, life-long educator who sought to improve the lives of all around her and gave tirelessly to others and to her community. She was Wave Hill’s guiding light for more than a decade, serving on the Board and most recently as Board Co-chair. She led with wisdom, compassion, grace and generosity, guiding the organization through times of tremendous growth, including Wave Hill’s 50th Anniversary and the challenges of the pandemic. Sarah cared deeply for Wave Hill's staff, and was a champion of our educational programs, especially our beloved Family Art Project. She continued the work started by her parents—her father Gilbert Kerlin was Wave Hill’s founder and first chairman, and her mother Sally helped create Wave Hill’s first educational programs. Sarah and her husband Geoffrey’s transformative support included funding the renovation of The Sally and Gilbert Kerlin Learning Center and The Sarah and Geoffrey Gund Theater in Wave Hill House. We will miss Sarah’s gentle but firm way, her empathy, kindness and insight, and most of all her friendship, laughter and beautiful smile. We send our heartfelt sympathy to her devoted husband Geoffrey, her siblings, children, stepchildren, grandchildren and the entire family. A memorial will be held at Wave Hill this fall.
If you would like to make a gift in memory of Sarah, learn more here.
Geoffrey and Sarah Gund. Photo: Sarah Merians.
Wave Hill Announces New Leadership Beginning in Late July, 2023
Wave Hill has announced that Ray B. Oladapo-Johnson, currently in a senior position at Friend of the High Line, will become the garden's President & Executive Director in late July, 2023. He brings more than 20 years of experience as a horticulturist and senior executive managing public green spaces in urban areas.
Wave Hill’s Annual Gardeners’ Party September 21 to Honor Garden Writer and Podcaster Margaret Roach
This year’s annual Gardeners’ Party fundraiser brings the horticultural community together in this stunning setting to honor renowned garden writer and podcaster Margaret Roach.
A New Exhibition at Wave Hill Inspired by Light and Water Opens August 19, 2023
Light from Water presents new works by Heidi Howard and Esteban Cabeza de Baca that share a deep-seated connection with the natural world. This exhibition asks us to reimagine our relationship to nature and to see ourselves as part of the world’s collective ecosystem. In the Sunroom Project Space are two solo shows by Jill Cohen-Nuñez and Max Benjamin Sarmiento, Wave Hill’s 2023 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellows.
Bees, Butterflies & Blooms Weekend August 12–13, 2023
Celebrate the winged creatures who beautify our gardens and put food on our tables during Wave Hill’s Bees, Butterflies & Blooms Weekend, August 12–13!
Scented Plants Sunday at Wave Hill July 16, 2023
Celebrate the scents of summer when the air is perfumed with fragrant flowers and foliage. Explore the gardens with our experts, sample tasty herbal recipes and take a bit of summer home with you after making your own natural smudge bundles or plant inspired perfumes. Activities for gardeners and budding herbalists of all ages.
Wave Hill Announces Summer 2023 Outdoor Performing Arts Season
Wave Hill’s Summer 2023 outdoor performing arts season features worldclass artists who give voice to the diverse soundscape of the city. This year’s outdoor programming ushers in a multi-year partnership with Carnegie Hall Citywide, followed by the garden’s beloved Sunset Wednesdays series throughout the month of July. Capping off the summer season on August 2 is the much-anticipated return of Grammy winner Samara Joy—born and raised in the Bronx— fresh off her double Grammy win this spring.
Wave Hill Summer 2023 Exhibition Blurs the Lines Between the Natural and the Digital
Opening mid-June, Tap Root is an exhibition of recent fabric pieces and works on paper by the artist duo LoVid, an ongoing collaboration between Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus since 2002. The pair embraces rapidly shifting technologies, ranging from the early-2000s circuit-bending and Net Art to today’s digital culture and Web3 (blockchain technology).
Wave Hill Announces 2023 Van Lier Fellow Exhibitions
Wave Hill is thrilled to announce the 2023 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellows, Jill Cohen-Nuñez and Max Sarmiento. They bring distinct perspectives to the garden as they reflect on how we engage with the natural world. Wave Hill is proud to support these two artists as their work continues to explore the ways in which nature, culture and art are deeply connected.
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