The Path Taken: Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum by Lawrence Mullings

The Path Taken: Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum by Lawrence Mullings

Lawrence Mullings

Lawrence Mullings

Photographer Lawrence Mullings ventured off the paths, literally and figuratively, from the traditional format for Arnold Arboretum art exhibitions, and we are venturing off the traditional path with this virtual art exhibition of his work.

Mullings’ exploration of off-road paths, steps, and bridges brings a unique and articulate view that is to be relished. Follow his route and take this journey with him. Mullings ventures where our visitors go, be they a painter capturing cherry blossoms en plein air, or girls with pink flounced dresses waiting to dance out onto the Hunnewell Building lawn.

Mullings pays attention to the people, how they use and discover the Arboretum, and the many paths they explore once here—via art, dance, and theater. From a child’s chalk drawings left behind on Meadow Road to an aspiring air guitarist strumming within the 2018 Fog x Hill installation, Lawrence depicts some of the wonder that children find here. June 2019’s performance of Pride and Prejudice in the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden reveals how a play can capture not just the attention of a thousand-plus audience, but their eager immersion into another time and place—all without straying from our landscape’s stage and backdrop.

So take a walk with Lawrence Mullings, venture off the path, perhaps remembering what you love to do or experience when you are at the Arnold Arboretum. Enjoy again the unique gift that this landscape offers, and savor The Path Taken.

 

Life of a Caterpillar by Lawrence Mullings

“Life of a Caterpillar” by Lawrence Mullings

 
Yew-by-Lawrence-Mullings

“Yew” by Lawrence Mullings

 
Shortcut-by-Lawrence-Mullings

“Shortcut” by Lawrence Mullings

 
Imagination-by-Lawrence-Mullings

“Imagination” by Lawrence Mullings

 
Macbeth-in-the-Fog-by-Lawrence-Mullings

“Macbeth in the Fog” by Lawrence Mullings (Actor’s Shakespeare Project artists depicted are Maurice Parent*, Alexandra Cassillas, Trinidad Ramkisson, and Nael Nacer*)

 
Wagging Tongues-by-Lawrence-Mullings

“Wagging Tongues” by Lawrence Mullings (Actor’s Shakespeare Project artists depicted are Trinidad Ramkisoon, Jade Guera*, Nael Nacer*, Maurice Parent*, and Alexandra Casillas)

 
The Carriage Ride by Lawrence Mullings

“The Carriage Ride” by Lawrence Mullings

 
The Painter by Lawrence Mullings

“The Painter” by Lawrence Mullings

 
North-Woods-by-Lawrence-Mullings

“North Woods” by Lawrence Mullings

 
Welcome by Lawrence Mullings

“Welcome” by Lawrence Mullings

 
Air Guitarist by Lawrence Mullings

“Air Guitarist” by Lawrence Mullings

 
Sound of Silence by Lawrence Mullings

“Sound of Silence” by Lawrence Mullings

 
Uno, Dos, Tres by Lawrence Mullings

“Uno, Dos, Tres” by Lawrence Mullings

 
The-Pond-by-Lawrence-Mullings

“The Pond” by Lawrence Mullings

 
Lillie by Lawrence Mullings

“Lillie” by Lawrence Mullings

 
The-Gang-is-All-Here-by-Lawrence-Mullings

“The Gang Is All Here” by Lawrence Mullings

 
The-Big-Stage-by-Lawrence-Mullings

“The Big Stage” by Lawrence Mullings (Actor’s Shakespeare Project artists depicted are Doug Lockwood*, Mara Sidmore*, Zoe Laiz, Anna Bortnick, Lydia Barnett-Mulligan*, and Louis Reyes McWilliams*)

 
That-Way-by-Lawrence-Mullings

“That Way” by Lawrence Mullings

 
Take a Walk with Us by Lawrence Mullings

“Take a Walk with Us” by Lawrence Mullings

 
The-View-by-Lawrence-Mullings

“The View” by Lawrence Mullings

 
Miniature Maple by Lawrence Mullings

“Miniature Maple” by Lawrence Mullings

 
The Book by Lawrence Mullings

“The Book” by Lawrence Mullings

 
All images copyright 2020, Lawrence Mullings. For more information about the artist or works in this exhibition, please contact arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu and thanks for visiting!
 
*Member of the Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States