Kristine Mays: Rich Soil
June 26, 2021 @ 8:00 am - January 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
Opening June 26, 2021
Contemporary American artist Kristine Mays’s life-size, three-dimensional dancing wire sculptures will emerge throughout Hillwood’s gardens for the second ever installation of art in the gardens. Mays breathes life into wire, transforming an industrial product into fascinating and moving works of art. Springing to life throughout the 13 acres of formal gardens, 29 sculptures will surprise visitors as they dance throughout the garden beds, bursting forth from the plant life. Rich Soil, Mays’s first ever outdoor exhibition, originally displayed at Filoli Historic House and Garden, explores the dance between life and death, as the pieces interact with the land, and draw inspiration from the movement of Alvin Ailey’s dance composition, “Revelation.” Marjorie Merriweather Post maintained a lifelong love of dance, often hosting dances at Hillwood. She remained a dedicated patron of the Washington Ballet and American Ballet Theater, in addition to serving as vice president of the Washington Ballet Guild. Given this history, it is fitting that Rich Soil finds a home at Hillwood, continuing this connection to bodily movement and expression.
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