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Spotlight for the week of May 1, 2023

Rhodes College

This week, we’re spotlighting a series of programs for the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Rich Soil at the Garden exhibition, opening this Thursday.

American artist Kristine Mays has created a series of 29 sculptures, each inspired by Alvin Ailey’s dance composition, “Revelations.” The artworks are placed throughout the Botanic Gardens’ 96-acres, encouraging viewers to participate in their own choreography as they move around the grounds. Each sculpture is fabricated from thousands of pieces of wire, hooked and bent together to create compelling human forms. Rich Soil at the Garden asks visitors to consider these figures and the nature surrounding them together as one.

The Botanic Gardens is also offering a variety of programs alongside the exhibition. First, on Friday at 11am, the “Rich Soil to Rich Souls” panel discussion will consider how art and nature can facilitate community healing. Panelists include the exhibition’s artist, Kristine Mays, and representatives from Collage Dance, Cazateatro, Memphis Black Arts Alliance, and Being:Art.

Then, on Saturday at 10am is Family Day. Throughout the event, visitors are invited to meet the artist, enjoy dance performances, and have a picnic lunch. Children can also create their own miniature wire sculptures. Family Day is free with garden admission.

For links to these and other lifelong learning opportunities in Memphis, please visit our Facebook page or check out our website.

Dr. Laura Loth is the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Director of the French and Francophone Studies program at Rhodes College. She teaches courses in French and Francophone literatures, cultures, and cinema. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. You can email her at lothl@rhodes.edu
Brittany Ashley is a senior at Rhodes College, majoring in Art History and English, with concentrations in Museum Studies and Creative Writing. She will be pursuing her MA in Art History with hopes of working in the Education and Interpretation Department of an art museum. Originally from Kentucky, she will soon become a Denverite along with her partner and her cat, Poppet.