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Canceled – Exhibition Opening: Sally Hagy-Boyer; Prudence Horne
March 13, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
SALLY HAGY-BOYER: MANKIND’S MISCHIEF
PRUDENCE HORNE: GARDEN PLOTS
ARTISTS’ BOOKS DO YOU HAVE THAT RED BOOK?
Exhibition Dates: March 14–May 2, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 6:30–8:30 PM
Artist walk-through with Sally Hagy-Boyer: Saturday, March 14, 11 AM
We are pleased to announce the upcoming art exhibitions: Sally Hagy-Boyer: Mankind’s Mischief, in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery, Prudence Horne: Garden Plots, in the Rotunda Gallery; and Do You Have That Red Book?, selections from the Athenaeum’s Artists’ Books Collection, in the North Reading Room. The works will be on view from March 14 through May 2, 2020. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Joseph Clayes III Gallery: SALLY HAGY-BOYER: MANKIND’S MISCHIEF
Drawing inspiration from the collections of the largest botanical library in the world at the New York Botanical Garden, Mankind’s Mischief creates a synthesis of the science of botany and personal reflections. Through imagery, illustrations, and books, Sally Hagy-Boyer explores how plants have their way of twining, growing, and enveloping the world around them—while humans have a history of manipulating the plant world for their own gains. She uses flora in ornament and pattern, allowing plants to be the forefront of her work while incorporating items from both the natural world and the tossed and found: pods and sea glass, seaweed, and rusted wire. The exhibition title references a quote by notable Prussian geographer, explorer, and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt giving a dire warning of “man’s disturbance of nature’s order.”
To open old journals or books and carefully unveil delicate botanical illustrations, whose colors are as vibrant as the day they were created … there is also the possibility that no one has looked at these particular images in decades. I have drawn a bibliography for this show because these works have informed my art…this provides a tactile connection to their words.
Sally Hagy-Boyer was raised in Chicago and holds a BA in art and multimedia from San Diego State University. After 16 years in San Diego, Hagy-Boyer and her family relocated to New York, where she continues to exhibit in East Coast venues and is represented in various public and private collections.
Rotunda Gallery: PRUDENCE HORNE: GARDEN PLOTS
One of the great pleasures of artist Prudence Horne’s life is her garden plot at the Juniper/Ivy Community Gardens in Bankers Hill, San Diego. For over five years, Horne has kept a plot there, where she grows the occasional vegetable but focuses on flowers. As a native of Boston, Horne is continually in awe that growing poppies in January is possible. Constantly planting, moving things around, watering and weeding, she describes:
I have painted these small squares as windows into the colors and shapes in my garden. They are little pieces and plots of my garden—they too can be moved around, pairing with other images and creating different visual relationships, similar to the always-changing beauty in my garden.
Prudence Horne grew up in Boston and received her BA in art history from Trinity College, and an MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Horne’s paintings focus on a personal response to landscape and have been extensively exhibited internationally. Horne has been awarded several grants and residency programs, including the William Male Foundation, Heinrich Boll in County Mayo, Ireland, Fundacion Valparaíso in Almería, Spain, and the Montana Artist Refuge in Basin, Montana. Horne is an adjunct professor of fine arts and art history at San Diego City College and teaches art at Donovan State Prison through Southwestern College. She is also a contributing teacher for the teen program at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and is an active member of FIG (Feminist Imagery Group) in San Diego.
Image: Prudence Horne, Garden Plots, 2019, oil on board, 6 x 6 in. Courtesy of the artist