Root & Branch

Rodney Graham, Canadian, born 1949: Oxfordshire Oak, Banford, Fall, 1990, printed 2002. Gelatin silver print, 29.2 x 22.6 cm. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund. (2009-26). © 1990, Rodney Graham.

Root & Branch considers the uniquely varied life of trees in art, nature, and information design. In the mind's eye, spreading branches lend form to purpose and complexity, to origin and evolution, to causation and consequence. Rooted in the photography collection but branching into every area of the Museum, this wide-ranging exploration extends from ancient Greece to contemporary South Africa, from Maya flint carving to Japanese lacquer, and from a family tree of Jesus to Darwin's first chart of evolution.

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Root & Branch has been made possible by the generous support of the Virginia and Bagley Wright, Class of 1946, Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art and by the Bagley Wright, Class of 1946, Contemporary Art Fund.