Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern

Art Exhibitions
Date Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Sunday, February 28, 2016 Organization The Wolfsonian-Florida International University Categories Art Exhibitions
Place The Wolfsonian - FIU Address 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach Phone 305-531-1001 Contact Email

Central and South American flora take center stage in “Philodendron,” a sprawling exhibition that charts the migration of tropical plants from their native habitats to North American and European gardens and interiors. Spanning three centuries and drawing together objects from the Amazon, Caribbean and beyond, the survey explores this often-overlooked, Pan-American cultural exchange to deconstruct the “social lives” of the plants, from their influence on material culture to their impact on diverse fields ranging from the visual arts, architecture, film and fashion to the agricultural, industrial and medical sciences. By following the philodendron from the jungle to the home, the exhibition illustrates the myriad ways the plant shaped Western ideas of the tropics—becoming an evolving symbol for what is exotic, Latin, and modern. Philodendron includes objects created by indigenous Amazonian peoples; botanical drawings by Heinrich Schott, who first classified hundreds of Philodendron species; and works by such artists and designers as Henri Matisse, Roberto Burle-Marx, Paulo Werneck, and Erdem. #TropicalWolf

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