Flora and Fauna Illustrata: Inaugural Exhibition

August 31 - November 15, 2017
Arboretum Rampway Gallery - located between the Snyder Building and Oswald Visitor Center at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join the Andersen Horticultural Library and University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in celebrating the inaugural exhibition of art recently accepted into the Flora and Fauna Illustrata (FFI) collection.  All works included in this exhibit feature plant and/or animal species that can be found at the Arboretum.  Individual pieces reflect a blend of historical and contemporary styles through a variety of media, including watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite. 

For more information about the FFI project go to our FFI page

Judith Spiegel - Japanese Larch

Foraging for Sustenance

An Exhibition by Karen Gustafson
September 8, 2017 - February 26, 2018
Display Cases within Andersen Horticultural Library

Embroidered botanical drawings, along with related ancient herbals and domestic recipe books from the Andersen Horticultural Library and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine collections will be on display.  The exhibit will commemorate and provide a contemporary perspective on the ancient Greek pharmacopoeia by Dioscorides, known by its Latin name, De Materia Medica, written in c.65 AD.  De Materia Medica was considered the authority on medicinal plants for over 1500 years.  It is no longer in existence.  The Juliana Anicia Codex contains the oldest surviving complete manuscript of Dioscorides' pharmacopoeia.  It was created for the Byzantine Imperial Princess, Juliana Anicia, in 512 AD, and now resides in the Austrian National Library in Vienna.  The Juliana Anicia Codex is commonly referred to as the Vienna Dioscorides.  

Funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board, Karen Gustafson created free-motion embroidered drawings commemorating Dioscorides' pharmacopeia and the plant portraits in the Juliana Anicia Codex.  The Vienna Dioscorides paintings she selected to work with for this exhibit are edible plants still known to us today.  These foods create a connection to this ancient text, linking past to present, while considering their similarities and differences to the Mediterranean species depicted. 

Karen Gustafson immersed herself in the herbal collections at both the Andersen Horticultural Library and the Wangensteen Library, exploring the line work used in their woodcut illustrations.  The various techniques the artists used have woven their way into Karen's embroidered drawings.  The drawings are stiched on organza, mounted a few inches away from the wall, allowing for a cast shadow.  The fabric floats as the air shifts around them.  

Wooly Blackberry

The George Nakashima display cases in the Andersen Horticultural Library focus on four distinct areas.  The first highlights subsequent revisions and herbals directly influenced by De Materia Medica, including a recent facsimile of the Naples Dioscorides manuscript (625 AD) and the Senensis Medici, Commentarii in Sex Libros Pedacii Dioscoridis Anazarbei De Medica Materia, by Petri Andrea Matthioli (1565 AD).  The second explores changes in herbal illustration with the renaissance works of Otto Brunfels (1530 AD) and Leonhart Fuchs (1565 AD).  The third explores Fuchs' influential woodcuts and spotlights the wood engraving process with a contemporary print by Cindy Koopman, along with the engraved wood block and engraving tools.  The fourth case includes domestic recipe books and herbals ranging from 1637 AD to 1810 AD to focus on health benefits derived from plants. 

Artist Talk & Reception
September 19, 1:30 pm - 3 pm
Fireplace Room, Snyder Building, UM Landscape Arboretum

An Artist Talk and Reception, open to the public and free of charge, will describe the project's evolution and the artist's drawing process.  

For more information about Karen Gustafson and her work -- http://karengustafsonstudios.com


Susan Strong McDonald - Verbena & Buckeye Patti O'Brian - Korean Maple