12 May ‘Art Alive’ 2015: Petals, and the Paintings That Inspire Them
Blossoms alone are a good enough reason to dance. When blossoms interpret, in their blossomy way, great works of art? Forget about it. Petals on the dancefloor. Bougainvillea boogie-woogie. Kick your stems up high.
We recently attended Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art, the institution’s annual event in which floral designers create arrangements inspired by works from the permanent collection. (Check out our preview and interview with rotunda designer René Van Rems here.) We went to the weekend’s opening party, Bloom Bash, or as we like to call it, Prom for Plant People.
The cocktails and food were fabulous. We mingled with friends. We cut a rug to Journey. Ryan wore a tillandsia boutonniere and I glued flower parts onto my own body parts.
Then we wandered through the galleries to marvel at over 100 interpretations. Pincushion proteas echoed the midcentury slices of color in Milton Avery’s Pensive Girl. Ginger flowers nodded at Saint Jerome. Tonight was made for ikebana arrangements of myrtle before Apollo and Daphne, and from now on, we might always associate Modigliani’s The Blue-Eyed Boy with staggered irises. And so many more feats of flowers and art.
Check out some of our favorite interpretations below!