Our art shows are offered in-person at the Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway (open noon–4pm, Friday through Monday) and virtually on this page.
Artists interested in mounting solo exhibitions in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall should review the exhibition guidelines [pdf]. Proposals may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Exhibition Proposal.”
Tree Ring Histories: The Quilts of Anna Von Mertens
Summer 2022 - Fall 2022
Anna Von Mertens brings a selection of her hand stitched quilts from the larger collection Migrations, Invasions, Plagues, and Empires to the Arnold Arboretum. This sensational in-person and web exhibition is both conceptual and cautionary. Titled Tree Ring Histories, Von Mertens' art is a visual examination and representation of the rings of trees from periods of history, spanning the years 228 CE to the 12th century. She creates an elemental beauty though the medium of simple, handmade stitches on a black, cotton layer of cloth. The art is quilt; however, the caution can be deciphered in tree rings depicted and historic climate fluctuations that resulted in the variation within those rings.