Exhibitions

Waltzers, 2013, by Joseph Wheelwright

Made from pine roots
Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.

Branching Out: Trees as Art

On view September 27, 2014 to September 13, 2015

Located in the: Art & Nature Center

This exhibition explores the often surprising ways in which contemporary artists use trees as an inspiration as well as a medium for their art. Made with bark, wood, roots, seedpods, leaves and biosignals, over 30 varied works and a selection of hands-on interactive opportunities ask us to consider our relationship with trees as a vital natural force. From Diego Stocco's music compositions made with trees and leaves to Joseph Wheelwright's figurative root sculptures, this exhibition celebrates the varied ways in which people are connected to and creatively inspired by trees. 

Branching Out features works by the following artists: Sachiko Akiyama, Joan Backes, James Balog, David Moses Bridges, Kyle Browne, Lorenzo Durán, Adrianne Evans, Beth Galston, Rodney Graham, Steve Hollinger, Mary Hughes and Caro-Gray Bosca, Tim Knowles, Kyle Larabee, Sallie Lowenstein, Susan Lyman, Souphom and Souphong Manikhong, Michael Mode, Cedric Pollet, David Yann Robert, Tim Rollins and K.O.S, Eirik Solheim, Diego Stocco, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Bartholomäus Traubeck, Joseph Wheelwright, Letha Wilson, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Support provided by the East India Marine Associates and the Art & Nature Commitee of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Images

Waltzers, 2013, by Joseph Wheelwright

Waltzers, 2013, by Joseph Wheelwright

Made from pine roots
Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.

Steve Hollinger, Leaf Boxes, Vitrine #2 (detail), 2014.

Steve Hollinger, Leaf Boxes, Vitrine #2 (detail), 2014.

© Kathy Tarantola Photography.

Diego Stocco, still from Music from a Bonsai, 2010.

Diego Stocco, still from Music from a Bonsai, 2010.

Courtesy of the artist.

Cedric Pollet, Eucalyptus deglupta bark, 2009.

Cedric Pollet, Eucalyptus deglupta bark, 2009.

© Cedric Pollet.

Sachiko Akiyama, On Finding Home, 2013.

Sachiko Akiyama, On Finding Home, 2013.

Photo courtesy the artist.

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Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:45pm
Reservations not required

Free

Baby songbirds develop so quickly that some can fly just 11 days after hatching! In 2002, Artist and naturalist Julie Zickefoose began to draw and paint wild nestlings day-by-day, bearing witness to their swift growth. Over the next 13 years, she documented these developments in 17 bird species. More than 400 of these life-sized studies wriggle and hop across the pages of her latest book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest. Peek into the nest with Zickefoose as she shares her ground-breaking work and intimate knowledge of these species through images, videos, and colorful anecdotes. A book-signing follows. Co-sponsored by MassAudubon and the Essex County Ornithological Club. This program is made possible by a generous gift from Tim and Joanie Ingraham in memory of Dorothy Addams Brown, beloved honorary PEM trustee and devoted ECOC member. A brief business meeting of the ECOC is held from 7:30-7:45 pm.

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