Begun in 2015, this immersive exhibition series curated by Carol Ockman, Ph.D., Selby Gardens’ Curator-at-Large and Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History Emerita at Williams College in Massachusetts, examines master artists and their relationships to nature in the context of a botanical garden. Seeing master works of art—often on loan from major art institutions around the world—in a garden setting awakens new comparisons in viewers’ minds. The 2021 exhibition in the series, Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop!, transformed Selby Gardens into Monet’s famed gardens of Giverny through the Pop Art lens of Roy Lichtenstein.
Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light
February 13 through June 26, 2022