Don’t Miss Ebony G. Patterson’s Summer Art Exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden

Glitter covered vultures perch in a patch of flowers

Vultures descend on NYBG’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory lawn in an installation by Ebony G. Patterson

This summer at the New York Botanical Garden, celebrated contemporary artist Ebony G. Patterson alludes to the hidden histories of the garden in …things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…, featuring thought-provoking sculptures and horticulture displays. The artist responds to the collections of the garden with a living work of art that sheds light on the historical relevance of our collective pasts and the potential for healing in renewal.

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Patterson’s work embraces the lush, colorful, and enticing elements of the space while offering bold and provocative moments. Hundreds of glittering vultures descend like shadows to gather among wound-like ruptures in the landscape. Colorful plantings and ghostly cast glass sculptures represent extinct species that now exist only as specimens in the Herbarium, serving as a reminder of what we stand to lose. Displays in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library feature an immersive video installation, woven tapestries, and paper works that continue Patterson’s artistic viewpoint on gardens and wild, uncultivated nature.

You have never experienced the New York Botanical Garden like this before!

…things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting… is on view through September 17.

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A textile work stands in a gallery

Vultures line a path of an indoor greenhouse garden

A screen with green film appears through a tunnel

A red sculpture towers above a viewer wearing a white shirt and jeans in the foreground

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