Indexing the Leaves

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By: Laura Archer, Staff Writer Photographer: Laura Archer

To all lovers of nature and aesthetics, the newest exhibit at the Methodist Archives, titled Indexing the Leaves, showcases some of the highlights from the Zuck Botanical Collection. This collection is composed of various flowers and plants, from pressed roses to sketchbooks and paintings.

The host of the exhibit, artist Karen Azoulay, is a Canadian artist that currently resides in Brooklyn. Some of her past works were featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, ReadyMade and Vogue. For this exhibit, she created new pieces as responses to some of the rare volumes within the Zuck Botanical Collection.

One interesting and odd piece in the exhibit are acorns and other ‘organic momentos’ collected from the grounds of writer and poet Lord Byron’s residence in Lancashire, England. Another cool piece is a stained glass window, depicting Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, created by Tiffany and Company in 1909.

A piece that Azoulay created herself is a scarf, showcased on a bust sculpture. The ‘YES / NO / MAYBE SCARF’ was made in 2017, in collaboration with M-82, a clothing company that has previously worked closely with Azoulay.

Be sure to check out Indexing the Leaves, which runs until March 16, in the front lobby of the Methodist Archives building.

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