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…things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…

Now Extended Through October 22, 2023

10 a.m.–6 p.m. | At the Garden

This summer, experience the seductive beauty of gardens through the eyes of celebrated contemporary artist Ebony G. Patterson. Known for her lavishly detailed mixed media installations, Patterson brings her signature style to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and NYBG’s landscape and galleries, in a major site-specific exhibition featuring breathtaking and provocative displays of art and nature.

Patterson’s work will captivate Garden visitors with the beauty of exotic flora and garden-inspired installations—from a monumental peacock sculpture to swarms of glitter-encrusted vultures. Inspired by her immersion in NYBG’s collections, Patterson’s work explores entanglements of race, gender and colonialism while inviting visitors to contemplate their own relationships with gardens and the natural world.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the most exciting contemporary artists of our time transform one of the most stunning settings in New York City like never before. Ebony G. Patterson’s summer exhibition at NYBG is a must-see.

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Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery
Photo: Frank Ishman

Exhibition Guide

Explore the components of Patterson’s provocative installations as well as accompanying programs to experience during the exhibition.

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Exhibition Events

Wine & Water Lilies

Saturdays, July 15 & 29; Thursday, August 17; 3–6 p.m.

Launching during …things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…, the all-new Wine & Water Lilies will entice visitors to take in the stunning lotuses and water lilies in the Haupt Conservatory Courtyards with a drink in hand.

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