Image—Florals designed by Manu Torres.

Celebrating the creative visions of botanical artists working at the forefront of contemporary floral design, Flower Craft (on view through June 26) welcomes  Manu Torres (on view June 14–19), and Emily Thompson (on view June 21–26) for the final weeks of the exhibition. Both will be leading public education programs inspired by their avant-garde floral installations on view.

Flower Craft Atelier: Manu Torres

Tuesday, June 14, 6–8 pm

Flower Craft artist Manu Torres will lead the final Flower Craft Atelier in the exhibition’s studio classroom. Named a top new floral innovator by Domino magazine, Torres’s maximalist floral arrangements incorporate unusual palettes and outside-the-box materials. In this two-hour workshop, participants will experiment and create one dramatic arrangement of their own design.

The “Magnificent Style” of Emily Thompson

Tuesday, June 21, 7 pm

Flower Craft artist Emily Thompson and Nancy Hass, writer at large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, will discuss evoking nature “in magnificent style.” Drawing inspiration from the eighteenth-century ideals of the picturesque, Thompson has designed florals for the Obama White House, fashion designer Jason Wu, and contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu, to name just a few of her super fans. The talk is a rare opportunity to hear the widely admired sculptor-turned-botanical artist speak about her auspicious leap from fine art to florals and to see a live demonstration of her process for animating living materials into sublime floral installations.

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