(Hu)mangrove Exhibition

Above: Mother by Meg Wallace

February 10 to May 18, 2024 (Tuesdays – Saturdays)

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last entrance at 3:00 p.m.)

The Kampong

(Hu)mangrove is a group exhibition at The Kampong that explores the intersections between communities and ecosystems in South Florida. Central to the inspiration of this show is the remarkable mangrove root system. Across our coastal waterways, including on the shoreline of our garden, mangroves are critical to Florida’s ecology. The interconnectedness of their root networks and the havens they create for our home’s biodiversity reflect the potential for flourishing, interrelational human communities. (Hu)mangrove examines the relationships between mangroves and people, nature and culture. The exhibition weaves together a diverse group of artists, all of whom nurture community as they cultivate their artistic practice.

“Just like the interconnectedness of our human communities, mangroves exhibit flexibility and resiliency. They create a haven for wildlife, protect coastal areas from storm surge, filter our water, and so much more. Regrettably, our world has witnessed the destruction of a substantial percentage of mangrove forests, leaving our communities to bear the consequences. This devastation mirrors the disintegration of societal systems. (Hu)mangrove invites you to nurture our natural surroundings and the social bonds that enrich our lives as we embark on a collective journey towards a brighter and more interconnected future.” — Meg Wallace, artist and curator

Featured artists:

Visitors to The Kampong can enjoy the (Hu)mangrove Exhibition included in the price of admission for a garden tour. Parking is limited and online reservations are strongly encouraged. Reservations can be made via our online booking site. Email kampong@ntbg.org for additional information.

From left: Oil on canvas by Andres Cabrera Garcia, video still from Lissette Schaeffler & Bill Cruz’s You Are Here

Opening Night

Saturday, February 10, 2024 | 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The grand opening of the exhibit will take place on February 10, 2024, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. The event will showcase live musical and dance performances by vocalist Susana Behar, guitarist Michel Gonzalez, and flutist Magela Herrera, as well as dance performances led by Nicole Pedraza. 

After exploring the gallery and enjoying performances, guests are invited to take a stroll down to the waterline to experience the stunning sunset on Biscayne Bay.


Activations and Events

Brushes & Blooms: Plein Air Painting in the Garden
Saturday, February 24, 2024 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Explore your artistic talents surrounded by the lush beauty of The Kampong in a plein air painting class – a perfect blend of nature and creativity awaits! Receive personalized feedback at your station. Suitable for beginners who have some experience painting. Fee: $20/members $25/non-members


About the instructor

Andrés Cabrera-Garcia has been sharing his plein-air painting techniques with a wide range of audiences for more than 20 years. Through his teachings, he has helped many individuals understand the importance of observing the surroundings and capturing the beauty of nature on a canvas using various mediums. Over the years, he has conducted workshops in Tenerife, Spain, and South Florida.


Please note you will need to bring your own materials! Here’s what you will need:

Supply List for the guided Meet up

  • Set of colors (Oil or Acrylic):
  • Set of Brushes:
  • Portable Easel 
  • Palette Knife
  • Canvas panels
  • ⁠Mixing palette 
  • ⁠Odorless mineral spirits or water if acrylic 
  • Brush washing container 
  • Paper cloth
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt teal Blue
  • Sap Green

Harmony Unveiled: Exploring the Inextricable Bond Between Nature and Art
Saturday, April 6, 2024 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Join us for a panel discussion that delves into the profound ways in which nature and art intertwine with our inner selves. Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and unravel the threads that connect us to a deeper, more authentic part of who we are. Fee: free for members, $15 non-members


Panel Discussion

  • Lissette Schaeffler, Professor in Art History Department at FIU
  • Bill Cruz, Artist
  • John Geiger, Associate Teaching Professor in Biological Sciences at FIU

Earthly Movements: A Contemporary Dance Workshop Bridging Body and Nature
Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Immerse yourself in the art of Contemporary Dance at the Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden, and discover the harmonious connection between your body and nature in our enriching dance workshop with Nicole Pedraza. Fee: $20/members $25 non-members


About the instructor

Nicole is a movement artist born and raised in Miami, FL. After earning her BFA from New World School of the Arts, Nicole premiered a contemporary dance work at the Perez Art Museum as part of Miami Dance Makers 2021. In July of 2022, Nicole was one of nineteen artists in Miami selected for The Peace Studio’s Artist As Catalyst program. She is currently the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Moss Center and a dance educator at South Florida Ballet. Nicole’s connection to dance derives from her experience as a Latina woman of Nicaraguan and Mexican descent, and from her classical dance background. She has relearned her art form by reconstructing the vocabulary of classical ballet and modern dance.

From left: Interconnection by Meg Wallace, Seen by Meg Wallace, Mirror image with mangroves by Nicole Pedraza

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