Nature – In Pictures, In Person, In Senses

Explore beautiful treescapes and landscapes – in person and in pictures – and for different perspectives.

Firstly, experience where we are in nature in this beautiful summer/fall intermission!

Head with the family to: The New York Botanical Garden.

Catch sight of the monarch butterflys before they move on with their migration:

Monarch Butterly on Flower - at the New York Botanical Gardens

(At nybg.org)

And see the lovely meadow perennials and ferns:

Meadow perennials and ferns gracing the woodland - at New York Botanical Gardens

(At nybg.org)

(Note that the Garden also has The Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Visions of Hawaii” currently on as well as the kid-pleasing Spooky Pumpkin Garden which begins this weekend.)

“Treescapes” at Laurence Miller Gallery showcases the photographs of trees of two artists, Yoko Ikeda and Toshio Shibata:

“Both artists grew up in Japan, a country with an ancient appreciation of nature in balance with man.  Shibata is regarded as the preeminent Japanese contemporary landscape photographer, concentrating on manmade infrastructure embedded within the landscape.  Ikeda takes a more whimsical and intimate approach to nature, allowing the camera’s optics to create unpredictable and playful images.  Side by side, a lively conversation develops between these two photographers, of different generations, and their relationship to nature.”

Yoko Ikeda: “Misato town, Kumamoto Prefucture, 2011” (At laurencemillergallery.com )

Takehashi City, Okayami Prefucture, 2014 (At laurencemillergallery.com )

Next, Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens is at The China Institute, and presents over 60 photographs by more than 20 Chinese contemporary artists.

“By investigating the impact of mountains on Chinese culture and traditional aesthetic, this exhibition examines the many ways in which nature has played and continues to play a defining role in Chinese geography, history, culture, and psyche.”

Moutains in China - Photographic Series - at China Institute's Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens

(From chinainstitute.org )

Finally, explore a garden through the eyes of a bee or a butterfly in “Our Senses“. This highly experiential exhibition at The American Museum of Natural History has:

“11 funhouse-like spaces that dare you to trust your senses—then show you how what we perceive is not simply a window into the world around us but a product of our brains. Plus, discover why we have senses and what’s unique about human perception during an interactive session hosted by a live presenter.”