Join us for a gallery talk with artist Lucia Monge for a behind-the-scenes tour of While a Leaf Breathes (Mientras una Hoja Respira). During the talk, Monge will guide visitors on a walk through the first-floor River Gallery as she provides insights into the works she created.
While a Leaf Breathes (Mientras una Hoja Respira) is a solo exhibition about plant respiration by Monge, whose work explores the ways humans position ourselves within the natural world and relate to other living beings, especially plants. The exhibition explores life cycles and material transformations happening both on the duration of an exhale and on the kind of timescales that measure soil growth. Stomata, the pores through which plants breathe, take center stage as portals through which not only gasses are exchanged, but also through which life, loss, and vulnerability are negotiated. The works are composed of materials created in collaboration with other species such as fungi, algae, bacteria, and plants, along with biodegradable glues, dyes, and stitches that bind the work together.
Curated by Elsa Mora, While a Leaf Breathes (Mientras una Hoja Respira) is on view through Jan. 28, 2024.