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Plant as Decorative Element in a Gallery

One aspect of my position as a photographer here at the Walker is to document the exhibitions. This has been an ongoing process dating back to the beginning of the Walker Art Center. While reviewing images of past exhibitions, I began to notice something now absent in the galleries, potted plants.  Up until the opening […]

One aspect of my position as a photographer here at the Walker is to document the exhibitions. This has been an ongoing process dating back to the beginning of the Walker Art Center. While reviewing images of past exhibitions, I began to notice something now absent in the galleries, potted plants.  Up until the opening of the Barnes building in 1971, potted plants were a staple in the galleries.  While there are few exhibition views containing patrons, the plants were always present.  In these images they seem to act as the stand-ins for the patrons, sometimes aloof and in the background or congregating around the radiator as if in discussion.  And then there are those that are really into the work, standing in front of a sculpture’s light, their shadows enveloping the work.

Due to a multitude of reasons, plants only reappear in the galleries if they are part of the artwork.  Many of the plants seem to have been around for many years and well taken care of by the staff.  Enjoy this look at Exhibition Photography and Plants from the Walker archives.

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  • Cute: plants in the Walker galleries- “And then there are those that are really into the work…” http://bit.ly/adStt7 /via @walkerartcenter

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  • kellyadolan says:

    The Walker Art Center takes a look back to when there were plants in their galleries for decoration http://bit.ly/bccE6k

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  • e bee says:

    this reminds me of garry neill kennedy’s work in which he took all the plants from various galleries (in toronto i believe) and arranged them all in one exhibition.
    more information on it here:
    http://www.mercerunion.org/archive95/040.html

  • Jane Hamel says:

    I enjoyed seeing the photographs of the plants arranged within the art exhibit!

  • avye says:

    I like plants and i like art…. but……never knew this was in fashion –» Plant as Decorative Element in a Gallery http://bit.ly/9JnPpL

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  • avye says:

    I like plants and i like art…. but……never knew this was in fashion –» Plant as Decorative Element in a Gallery http://bit.ly/aNnmWh

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  • BECKintl says:

    Strange gallery staff: plants at an exhibition. A photo documentation. http://is.gd/cgykl H/T @ReadyMadeTweets

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  • laura says:

    Are there any concerns about attracting insects? Or are these fake plants?

  • Andy says:

    this is a fun collection of photos! It that a glass ashtray on the molded plywood table seen in two of the pictures?