16 Apr Night at the Museum: Dancing With Plants and Paintings at ‘Art Alive’
Last weekend Art Alive happened — and to kick things off, Ryan asked if I would be his date to the plant prom. The party (alright, officially known as Bloom Bash) was thrown last Friday to celebrate San Diego Museum of Art’s annual show; in its 33rd year, the four-day event featured 120 floral interpretations of famous works of art.
It was a thrill to see how everything came together after our preview. The interpretations — by floral designers both studio-affiliated and non — were flights of inspiration, with approaches ranging from representative to abstract to tongue-in-cheek. Art Alive’s petal provocateurs married orchids with Dalí, giant agave stems with Alexander Liberman, tufts of baby’s breath with Diego Rivera. Also, Carlos Franco’s rotunda was a jasmine-scented (and olive tree-lined) ode to Alhambra.
As for the party? Mmm, as for the party…Like last year, many of the Patrón cocktails were perked up with edible flowers; we kept reordering the strawberry/basil mule and a daisy-topped elixir with prickly pear puree. Served throughout the courtyard and recently renovated sculpture garden, bites were the work of Café Chloe, Saltbox, Barrio Star and Great Maple (to name a few), which we enjoyed while gazing into longest foosball table we’ve every seen.
The crowd was stylish, headpieces were exuberant with roses, and the dancefloor was packed by the end of the night. Vintage Michael Jackson, Sugarhill Gang and Gwen Stefani got people moving and all the plants growing.
Check out our favorite 25 art/plant interpretations — and catch some of the disco fever(few) — below!
Special thanks Lauren Fimbres Wood and to lead gallery attendant Austin for allowing us to photograph the floral interpretations this year! We toured the exhibition last Thursday just after the pieces were placed by the artists. (Artists were only allowed twenty minutes to install their displays.) The 25 floral interpretations that follow especially charmed us this year.
Which one’s your favorite?