One of the wonderful things about great art, is that it makes us ask the big, monumental, life affirming questions.   Like, “Where is this animal's feet?”

This summer the Brandywine River Museum of Art is presenting Natural Wonders: The Sublime in Contemporary Art, a landmark exhibition featuring 13 major American artists whose works examine our relationship with nature—exploring both its beauty and its capacity to inspire awe and fear. 

Jennifer Trask’s sculptures encourage the viewer to ponder the relationship
between mortality and fertility, as she uses animal bones as source
material for her detailed carvings of plants and flowers.
Organized by the Brandywine Museum with guest curator Suzanne Ramljak, Natural Wonders will investigate the intersection between the natural and artificial realms -- and the wild and cultivated.

Through some 40 recent works, the artists raise questions about our strained relationship with the natural world: from species extinction, to the loss of open space, to the prevalence of GMOs and the increase in designer breeding of both plants and animals. 
Suzanne Anker, Remote Sensing: Micro-Landscapes (detail),
2013–17, plaster, pigment, resin in 24 Petri dishes, each 4 x 4 x 2”.
Courtesy of the artist.

Artists such as Maya Lin, Roxy Paine, Dustin Yellin and Diana Thater will present works that address such ecological concerns, including the museum debut of Thater’s Road to Hana series, which captures in a multi-screen video wall the fantastical “painted forest” of rainbow eucalyptus on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Other works enlist sophisticated technologies and techniques—from 3D printing and lenticular prints, to advanced 4K digital cinema—to capture and convey nature’s formidable powers, such as the North American premiere of Mark Tribe’s New Nature series of 4K videos drawn from wilderness preserves in the United States.

Andrew Wyeth's Studio,  by Carolos Alejandro
Bring the family and spend a few hours pondering the world's environmental challenges.
Experience a fresh vision of nature through the eyes of some of the Country's outstanding contemporary artists.
Brandywine River Museum of Art Website

About the Brandywine River Museum of Art:
 The Museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).

Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors ages 65 and over, $6 for students and children ages 6 and up; free for children 5 and younger and Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art members.

Guided tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, N. C. Wyeth House & Studio, and the Kuerner Farm—all National Historic Landmarks­—are available daily (for an additional fee) through November 18; advance reservations are recommended.

Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317