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Jessica Rath: take me to the apple breeder lecture and reception

"take me to the apple breeder" exhibition celebrates fall. Artist Jessica Rath lecture followed by reception featuring apple food fest.

Date: Friday, October 4th, 2013

Time: 7:30 pm

Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Location: Weitz 236, Weitz Commons, Perlman Teaching Museum

Contact: Laurel Bradley, Laurel Bradley

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Artist Jessica Rath with "Breeding Apples/Art," tells tales of a collaboration with Cornell University apple breeders and curators of heritage species that produced photographs and sculptures presented in the Perlman Teaching Museum exhibition, "take me to the apple breeder."

At the reception following the lecture, taste the art in the museum, and enjoy apple delights at a veritable apple food fest in the Weitz Center Commons.   

Rath's large photographic portraits of oddly fragile apple trees suggest the parallel between human and botanical genetic complexity; gorgeous porcelain sculptures based on heritage specimens expand our notions of the species and raise questions about where apples fall on the nature/culture continuum.  Clearly, apples today are seldom born of nature, but are products of sophisticated human activities including testing, grafting, breeding and genetic preservation.

"Jessica Rath: take me to the apple breeder" in the Braucher Gallery, Perlman Teaching Museum, complements "Laura Cooper: Opunita."  Together the two artist presentations comprise Single Species Translations -- artistic meditations on apple and cactus species.  

 

Jessica Rath’s visit is co-sponsored by the Christopher U. Light Lectureship in the Arts.