Ken Smith: Fenway Deity
May 20-September 28, 2015 | Historic Palace, Fenway Façade
Fenway Deity is part of the Garden Deities series created by Ken Smith. The large inflatable installation, with a psychedelic spiral pattern and gold chain, will hang from the historic façade of the Museum facing the Boston Fens. Deity riffs on the Gardner’s large wheel window on the building’s rear façade, forming a transect line through the Museum, between the window and the installation. Spiritually speaking, Fenway Deity responds to the Museum’s 2012 relocation of its entrance to Evans Way—it will serve as a new conduit for the Museum’s creative energy to protect the Fens from bad spirits and promote environmental renewal, health, and happiness along the Fenway and beyond.
The 2015 Landscape installation by Ken Smith is sponsored by the Friends of John Magee, in memory and celebration of his life in gratitude for his service to the Gardner Museum.
Ken Smith in Conversation with Charles Waldheim
June 11, 7 pm
Smith is one of a new generation of landscape architects at home in the worlds of art, architecture, and urbanism. His work pushes beyond traditional landscape typologies—plaza, street, and garden—toward landscapes that draw on the diverse cultural influences of urban life. Smith’s recent installation work includes the well-received Triennial Wallflowers at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in 2006–07.
Landscape Lectures include Museum admission and require a ticket; tickets can be reserved online, in person at the door, or by phone: 617 278 5156. Museum admission: $15; Seniors $12; Students $5; free for members.
Join Landscape Researcher JoAnn Robinson for an exploration of Ken Smith’s installation and its symbolic iconography to Isabella Gardner’s own installation and the Museum’s expansion.
Free for all members. Advance registration is required.
Photography by John Dean. Editing by Penny Forester.