The University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will
open its next exhibit, Bartram’s Boxes Remix, on March 26, 2016. This touring
exhibition, a collaborative effort of the Center for Art in Wood and Bartram’s
Garden, both located in Philadelphia, will be on display until May 7.
In 2010, storms ravished Bartram’s Garden, a
45-acre National Historic Landmark in Philadelphia. This exhibit is the result
of inviting artists to use wood from the storm’s fallen trees to “remix”
materials and the historical legacy and spirit of the garden into exciting new
works of art that combine the old and new into unique pieces of a bonded force.
In 1765, John Bartram was appointed the Royal Botanist for
the North American Colonies by King George III. As an explorer and naturalist,
he journeyed as far south as Florida and across New England collecting seeds
and plant specimens while documenting his research and discoveries, often with
his son William by his side.
Personalities such as Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson visited his garden,
which dates back to 1728 when he bought 102 acres from Swedish settlers.
Soon, shipments of seeds and plants from Bartram’s garden
brought New World landscape and botanical specimens to Britain, and a thriving
business and exchange developed with London merchant and avid gardener, Peter
Collinson. Wooden boxes and crates were used to ship the precious plants and
seeds to patrons and scholars in Britain. Many of the pieces in this exhibit
reflect the engineering, complexity, and forms of the shipping boxes.
In addition to the exhibition, the University Museum will
present a lecture titled “The Inspiration and Legacy of John and William
Bartram” by Rhonda Yeager. Originally scheduled for April 21, it will be presented on Thursday, April 28, at 7:00
p.m. in the museum. Yeager is an IUP art instructor and serves as visual
resource curator and University Museum registrar and collection manager.
There will be an opening reception on
Saturday, March 26, from 6:00–8:30 pm. The lecture, opening reception, and
exhibition are all free.
Located on the first floor of John Sutton Hall, regular
museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:00–6:30 p.m.; Thursday
noon–7:30 p.m.; and Saturday noon–4:00 p.m.
For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact
Leslie Kluchurosky at email@example.com or 724-357-2397.
Bartram’s Boxes Remix was organized by The Center for Art in Wood of Philadelphia in collaboration with Bartram’s Garden of Philadelphia.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Student
Cooperative Association at IUP. The University Museum at IUP also receives
funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts administered through the
Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.