In the Garden (working title)

April 21 through October 8, 2018

In the Garden is a focus exhibition that sets out to recreate and interpret the experience of the garden through the work of artists from the Crystal Bridges collection. Through the centuries, artists have employed different techniques, from abstraction to scientific realism, to communicate their perceptions of the art of Mother Nature. In the Garden will explore various ways of relating to flowers: from artists who place the flower in relationship to the human figure, to those who remove the bloom from all context for scientific analysis, to moments when the floral form becomes ornamentation for human creations.

Martin Johnson Heade, Study of Varied Flowers with a Hummingbird, 1870, Oil and pencil on canvas, 17 x 21 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2007.205