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Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between
Oct 7, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017
Space in Between was a collaboration between artist Margarita Cabrera, the Arizona State University Art Museum and Desert Botanical Garden. Cabrera led workshops with communities from the Arizona region to create soft sculptures of desert plants made from recycled Border Patrol uniforms and embroidered with personal stories of immigration. Additional support for the project was provided by the CALA Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America Grant Number MA-20-14-0236-14, the Mexican Consulate, Southwest Key, and Latino youth from the Phoenix community.
Return to the Desert: Celebrating 25 Years of Dyana Hesson
Jan 29 - May 22, 2016
A retrospective exhibition celebrating the 25-year career of botanical artist Dyana Hesson. Hesson is known for her radiant, detailed oil paintings of botanicals — roses, hibiscus, orchids, bromeliads, succulents and cactus flowers. Her sophisticated technique creates beautifully illuminated paintings that truly encapsulate her passion for the natural world.
Sonoran Light: Bruce Munro at Desert Botanical Garden
Nov 22, 2015 - May 8, 2016
Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden showcased eight large-scale, light-based installations using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing fiber optics. Located throughout the Garden, British artist Bruce Munro’s site-specific exhibition reflected his unique interpretation of the Sonoran Desert.
Beyond Blue: Cyanotypes of Laszlo Layton
Oct 16, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016
Captivating portraits of nature by celebrated artist Laszlo Layton. This exhibition featured cyanotype photographs of fascinating animals and objects that evoke charm and curiosity. The cyanotype, also known as the “blueprint,” is created with a simple chemical solution that forms a light-sensitive emulsion known for its cyan-blue color. Layton hand-paints each photograph, giving his subjects a vivid, lifelike enchantment.
Arizona Indigenous: New Turned Wood By Philip & Matt Moulthrop
Feb 6 - May 3, 2015
Desert Botanical Garden presented new works by world-renowned artists Philip and Matt Moulthrop. Woodturning has been a Moulthrop family legacy for three generations and their pieces are immediately recognizable by their distinct contemporary forms. This exhibition featured a collection of turned wood that revealed the inherent beauty of trees and shrubs native to Arizona with wood collected by Desert Botanical Garden sources.
Photo by: Adam Rodriguez
Fish Out of Water: An Exhibition of Gyotaku Prints from the Desert by Dr. Joe McAuliffe
Sep 26, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015
Gyotaku impressions of fish from Arizona canals, rivers, lakes and ponds by Dr. Joe McAuliffe. Dr. McAuliffe held the position of Director of Research, Conservation, and Collections from 1990 through 2017 and is most notably recognized for his research in desert ecology. Fish Out of Water celebrated the water that sustains present-day societies in Arizona, with a specific focus on fish found in the Salt River and Crosscut Canals.