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Ana María Hernando
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Exhibitions

Gardens: Collaborations with Nature

June 16 - August 20, 2022

image: Ana María Hernando, La montaña trae barcas de azucenas, II (The Mountain Brings Us Boats Full of Lilies, II), 2010. Installation at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO. Photo Bruce Mathews

Ketchum—the home of Sun Valley Museum of Art—is a town surrounded by vast areas of wilderness. This BIG IDEA project considers natural spaces that are in many ways the inverse of wilderness: gardens, where people collaborate with nature in order to shape or transform it. Gardens are also places that transform those who experience them, whether as gardener or visitor.

Through a museum exhibition, classes, tours and film, Gardens: Collaborations with Nature uses the ideas of nature as collaborator, nature as curator and nature managed as lenses through which to view the role of gardens in our lives. How do gardens inspire and express artistic creativity? How do they offer solace and joy, changing our human experience of the natural world? How do flora and human beings work together as partners in the creation of garden spaces?


Participating Artists

Ana María Hernando
Sarah Jones
Katy Stone
Jil Weinstock

Special thanks to Cynthia and Blair Hull
for their generous support of Gardens: Collaborations with Nature.
Special thanks to Jennifer Wilson for her generous support of
the Ana María Hernando and Katy Stone residency projects.


 

MUSEUM EXHIBITION

Denver-based artist Ana María Hernando spent time in the Wood River Valley in the summer of 2021, visiting a variety of gardens and leading a community workshop and film screening. She returns for this exhibition to install a large-scale textile work made in response to her residency. Working with materials like tulle and organza, Hernando creates sculptural works and installations that evoke lush gardens, immersing viewers in the colors and textures of fantastical flora. Hernando works with a range of collaborators, from the cloistered Argentinean nuns who cut and sew pieces of fabric incorporated into her installations to the Peruvian women whose handmade petticoats Hernando often uses in her sculptures.

Based in Missoula, Montana, Sarah Jones uses gardens and flowers as tools for exploring ideas about absence, loss and the ephemeral. Jones’s installation for this exhibition includes recent paintings of flowers made with white ink on silk, suspended from the ceiling of The Museum’s project room like a hanging garden. These quiet works reflect Jones’ interest in “the things that are barely there, the traceries and stains left behind by the subject, the residues.”

Several years ago, Seattle-based artist Katy Stone visited SVMoA as an artist-in-residence and spent time making small installations in the gardens at The Museum’s Hailey House. Working with painted Mylar, glitter and other materials, she collaborated with flowers and plants to create temporary artworks that invite viewers to look closely as they discover her subtle interventions. Stone is creating new interventions in the flowerbeds outside The Museum. Visitors can enjoy them as they evolve throughout the course of the exhibition, which also features photographs of Stone’s works in Hailey.

Based in New York, Jil Weinstock has spent the past two years creating a body of work she calls Unwanted Collaborators, using plant life, fabric, thread, paper and rubber to explore the relationship between the natural and the artificial. Her delicate, painstakingly made works invite viewers to consider how humans, from the plant’s point of view, might be “unwanted collaborators,” while those who garden know the challenge of keeping weeds and other invaders from disrupting the gardener’s work.

 

Associated Exhibition Events

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Film
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Portrait of a Garden Film Screening

FILM: Portrait of a Garden (First Screening)

4:30 PM

Magic Lantern Cinemas
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Film
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Portrait of a Garden Film Screening

FILM: Portrait of a Garden (Second Screening)

7:00 PM

Magic Lantern Cinemas
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Adult Classes
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CREATIVE JUMP-IN: Floral Oil Painting Crash Course with Carol Johansen

CREATIVE JUMP-IN: Floral Oil Painting Crash Course

with Carol Johansen

9:00 AM

Hailey Classroom
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Adult Classes
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CREATIVE JUMP-IN: Floral Oil Painting Crash Course with Carol Johansen

CREATIVE JUMP-IN: Floral Oil Painting Crash Course

with Carol Johansen

9:00 AM

Hailey Classroom
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Special Events, Exhibition Tours & Events
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FREE SPECIAL EVENT/EXHIBITION CELEBRATION & STREET PARTY Honoring Kristin Poole: Gardens: Collaborations with Nature

SPECIAL EVENT/OPENING CELEBRATION & STREET PARTY Honoring Kristin Poole

Gardens: Collaborations with Nature

5:00 PM

The Museum
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Adult Classes
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CRAFT SERIES WORKSHOP: Eco Printing on Paper with Diane Hill

CRAFT SERIES WORKSHOP: Eco Printing on Paper

with Diane Hill

10:00 AM

Hailey Classroom
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Adult Classes
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CRAFT SERIES WORKSHOP: Eco Printing on Paper with Diane Hill

CRAFT SERIES WORKSHOP: Eco Printing on Paper

with Diane Hill

10:00 AM

Hailey Classroom
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Exhibition Tours & Events, Lectures & Talks
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Katy Stone, Untitled Intervention

(SESSION 1) EVENING EXHIBITION TOUR: Gardens

Collaborations with Nature

4:30 PM

The Museum
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Exhibition Tours & Events, Lectures & Talks
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Katy Stone, Untitled Intervention

(SESSION 2) EVENING EXHIBITION TOUR: Gardens

Collaborations with Nature

5:30 PM

The Museum
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Teens
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TEEN WORKSHOP: Let's Print Hailey with Kimber Traue

TEEN WORKSHOP: Let's Print Hailey

with Kimber Traue (for students in grades 6–12)

12:00 PM

Hailey Classroom
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Exhibition Tours & Events, Special Events
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Katy Stone, Gardens Collaborators in Nature

SPECIAL EVENT/MEET & GREET/GALLERY WALK with SVMoA's new Executive Director Jennifer Wells Green,

Gardens: Collaborations with Nature

5:00 PM

The Museum
Free
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Exhibition Tours & Events, Lectures & Talks
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Jil Weinstock, Unwanted Collaborator

(SESSION 1) EVENING EXHIBITION TOUR: Gardens

Collaborations with Nature

4:30 PM

The Museum
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Exhibition Tours & Events, Lectures & Talks
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Jil Weinstock, Unwanted Collaborator

(SESSION 2) EVENING EXHIBITION TOUR: Gardens

Collaborations with Nature

5:30 PM

The Museum
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Adult Classes
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Poo Wright-Pulliam

CRAFT SERIES WORKSHOP: Art in the Garden—Drawing and Painting Flowers

with Poo Wright-Pulliam

8:30 AM

Sawtooth Botanical Garden
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Adult Classes
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CRAFT SERIES WORKSHOP: Embroidered Gardens with Jeanna Wigger

CRAFT SERIES WORKSHOP: Embroidered Gardens

with Jeanna Wigger

1:00 PM

Hailey Classroom
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Exhibition Tours & Events, Lectures & Talks
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Ana María Hernando

(SESSION 1) EVENING EXHIBITION TOUR: Gardens

Collaborations with Nature

4:30 PM

The Museum
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Exhibition Tours & Events, Lectures & Talks
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Ana María Hernando

(SESSION 2) EVENING EXHIBITION TOUR: Gardens

Collaborations with Nature

5:30 PM

The Museum