IMAGE: Letha Wison, Landmarks and Monuments Installation view, Solo exhibition at Art in General, NYC
Letha Wilson was raised in Colorado, received her BFA from Syracuse University, and her MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Letha attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009, and her artwork has been shown at many venues including Art in General, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, International Center for Photography, and the Essl Museum of Contemporary Art (Austria). Letha currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Letha Wilson’s photo-sculptures "combine landscape photographs and concrete, mixing the two to make literal the idea of photography as a kind of mystical-alchemical-geological enterprise. Ms. Wilson’s focus on the desert and otherworldly sites in the American West also recalls a history of natural phenomena unexplained by science but celebrated in art."
- NYTimes / July 2015
(Rescheduled from earlier in the series)
At the Getty Center, the Central Garden by Robert Irwin is a living exhibition on how site-specific sculpture crosses over to landscaping and architecture. It is also a starting point for what defines art. From the Getty’s post for children planning to visit the grounds.
The Central Garden, created by artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the Getty Center. The 134,000-square-foot design features a natural ravine and tree-lined walkway that leads the visitor through an extraordinary experience of sights, sounds, and scents.
The walkway traverses a stream that winds through a variety of plants and gradually descends to a plaza where bougainvillea arbors provide scale and a sense of intimacy. Continuing through the plaza, the stream cascades over a stone waterfall or “chadar,” into a pool with a floating maze of azaleas. Specialty gardens encircle the pool. All of the foliage and materials of the garden have been selected to accentuate the interplay of light, color, and reflection.
Irwin began planning the Central Garden in 1992, as a key part of the Getty Center project. Since the Center opened in 1997, the Central Garden has evolved as its plants have grown and been trimmed. New plants are constantly being added to the palette. Irwin’s statement “Always changing, never twice the same” is carved into the plaza floor, reminding visitors of the ever-changing nature of this living work of art.
Artist Lecture Series Coordinator
Professor of Art
UNLV MFA Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts - Art
College of Fine Arts