PALO ALTO, CA– The public will have the opportunity to examine the power, purpose, and beauty of trees during the Palo Alto Art Center’s Rooted: Trees in Contemporary Art exhibition from January 25-April 5, 2020.
The free exhibition explores the work of more than 20 contemporary artists from around the world inspired by the majesty, beauty, and importance of the trees around us.
“Perhaps more than any other elements of the landscape, trees represent nature,” says Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. ”Their greenery breaks up the hardscape of our suburban or urban environments, reminding us of the natural world. Trees remain the largest living organisms on earth. They also serve as relics of a prehistoric world, with some trees in California dating to more than 2,500 years ago. For these reasons and more, trees have continued to inspire artists, generating artwork that encourages us to consider the power of trees in our lives and communities.”
Palo Alto’s history is rooted in deep connections to trees. The City is named for a 110-foot tree—El Palo Alto— that is an 1,100-year-old Coastal Redwood. In the 1890s, early tree advocates in our community planted the City’s initial tree canopy. At that time, members of the Palo Alto Women’s Club transported milk cans filled with water in horse-drawn buggies to irrigate these early trees. Today, the City of Palo Alto grows and maintains approximately 36,000 city-owned urban trees. These trees remain a vital part of the Palo Alto landscape.
Artists participating in the exhibition include:Galen Brown, Matthew Brown, James Chronister, Adam Donnelly and David Janesko, Katie DeGroot, Charles Gaines, Stephen Galloway, Maria Elena Gonzalez, Scott Greene, Azucena Hernandez, Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope, Tamara Kostianovsky, David Maxim, Klea McKenna, Ann McMillan, Jason Middlebrook, Meridel Rubenstein, and Jamie Vasta.
A free Friday Night at the Art Center opening celebration will be held on January 24, 7-10 p.m., featuring an opportunity to meet some of the exhibiting artists, and participate in tree-themed artmaking activities while enjoying music, food, and a cash bar. Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members are invited to participate in a walkthrough of the exhibition with the Art Center Director from 6-7 p.m.
The Art Center will also be hosting a free Arbor Day Festival in collaboration with Canopy on March 15, from 1-5 p.m. This event will feature hands-on art activities, adult workshops, and activities for the whole family.
About the Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is anartist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides anaccessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 140,000 people every yearthrough a diverse range of programs.
The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.