To Bough and to Bend exhibition opens at Weisman Museum of Art | Writing

The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art presents plug and fold, an exhibition that explores ecological issues through the work of 30 artists who turn to religious and historical artistic practices to bring us back to communion with trees and the living world we share. The exhibition, the second iteration of the exhibition, will be on view until March 26, 2023. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a guided tour by the curator at 4 p.m. h.

First curated by Bridge Projects, a gallery that catalyzes interdisciplinary explorations of contemporary art, spirituality and religious traditions, and inspired by “Simple Gifts”, a Shaker song written in 1848 offering instructions for life and dance, the curators of the exhibition wondered: “Do not trees also teach us to embody this humble posture by bending their branches to greet us?” Presenting the work of nearly 30 artists, the pieces range from watercolors to photographic prints, oak and cedar installations, and more.Referring to the role trees play in history and major religions, the depictions explore how society can once again live in harmony with natural wonders.

“We are privileged to partner with Bridge Projects to give plug and fold a second life at the Weisman,” explains Andrea Gyorody, director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. “The works in the exhibition, which range from photographs and paintings to video art and virtual reality, provide visual enjoyment and a meditative moment away from the hustle and bustle of campus life, while reminding us most pressing environmental issues of our time. I am particularly pleased that this exhibit, which has so many interdisciplinary connections, is on view for most of the academic year, giving faculty more opportunities than usual to integrate visits to museums in their courses.

The first iteration of plug and fold opened at Bridge Project’s Hollywood Gallery in March 2020 on the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Given the circumstances, the exhibition was seen by very few visitors. “We are deeply grateful to the Weisman Museum for giving the exhibit a second life,” said the Bridge Project curatorial team of Cara Lewis, Meaghan Ritchey, Vicki Smith and Linnea Spransy. “We sincerely hope that, like a forest canopy on a hot day,
plug and fold will be a shared space for reflection and rest.

For more information on plug and fold and to register for the opening, go to the exhibition page on the Arts Center website.

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