The Path Taken: Photographs of the Arnold Arboretum by 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.
All images copyright 2020, Lawrence Mullings. For more information about the artist or works in this exhibition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and thanks for visiting!
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