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“Down the Garden Path: The Artist's Garden After Modernism”

Queens Museum

Curator Valerie Smith seemed to have chosen works for “Down the Garden Path: The Artist’s Garden After Modernism” not simply to illustrate a theme, but to enrich it. Fleshing out a well-installed selection of actual works, photographic documentation, and plans for unrealized projects with five new artists’ gardens commissioned for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Smith’s exhibition proposed the garden as a model for human influence on the environment, while positioning it as a lens through which to view the diversification of artistic strategies since the 1960s.

Works offering ecology as the foundation for a better way of life were here given a complex genealogy. Represented by photographs and sketches, Alan Sonfist’s Time Landscape, initiated in 1965 and realized in 1978, is a slice of Manhattan as the Dutch might have found it, restaged and still thriving at the corner of West Houston and

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