Ecstatic Nutrition: The Trees of My Life

Lecture Series

Thursday, March 21, 2019 – 6:30pm

Join us on March 21st, 2019 for our monthly lecture series with internationally renowned artist and author, Michele Oka Doner.

Topic: Ecstatic Nutrition: The Trees of My Life

A revelation and discussion focusing on three Giants: a Banyan that dominated the landscape surrounding my childhood home, the night blooming Baobab that grew at the doorstep of the Miami Beach Public Library, (now the Bass Museum of Art), and the Australian Pines that caught the wind outside my bedroom windows, literally singing me to sleep.

Biography: Michele Oka Doner

Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist and author whose work spans five decades. Her artwork is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world, from which she derives her formal vocabulary. Her artistic production encompasses sculpture, public art, prints, drawings, functional objects, artist books, costume and set design, video and other media. She is well known for creating over 30 public and private permanent art installations throughout the U.S. Among these are works created in South Florida, including A Walk on the Beach, the mile and a quarter long concourse of bronze in terrazzo at Miami International Airport, seen by 40,000,000 travelers a year, and Sargassum, the etched glass atrium in the Miami Intermodal Center, also at MIA.

Oka Doner has authored or been the subject of eight books, including most recently, Everything Is Alive and Into the Mysterium (Regan Arts), and Intuitive Alphabet (TRA Press). She has received grants from the Knight Foundation, the New York State Council of the Arts, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, among many others; and many awards, including the Award of Excellence given by United Nations Society of Writers and Artists, Pratt Institute’s “Legends” and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, where she received her undergraduate and MFA degrees.

Represented by Marlborough Gallery, New York, and David Gill in London, her work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Perez Museum Miami, Chicago Art Institute, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian) New York, the Louvre – Paris, the Victoria & Albert Museum –London, as well as in museum collections at Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Michigan, among other nationally and internationally.
She maintains a studio in New York City.

Photo: MODoner by Karl Lagerfeld for Vogue 1999

The event will begin at 6:30 pm with wine and light bites. The lecture will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

Admission is always complimentary for members and $10 donations are suggested for guests. This is also a great opportunity to become a Kampong member, if you are not already, and become part of the NTBG family.

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