Posted: 21 February, 2013.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392
CRISTINA GRAJALES NAMED CURATOR OF DESIGN: FAIRCHILD EXHIBITS
AT FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN
Coral Gables, FL, February 7, 2013 – On December 1, 2012, the “Sitting Naturally” art exhibit from the Cristina Grajales Gallery in New York City went on display at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Seven talented artists from around the world were commissioned to design natural looking benches to complement Fairchild’s tropical backdrop. Cristina Grajales, the New York gallery’s founder, served as the exhibit’s visiting curator during the popular Art Basel Miami Beach as part of the inaugural Design: Fairchild. Following the success of the inaugural event and the Sitting Naturally exhibit, Fairchild is pleased to announce Grajales as the returning curator for all future Design: Fairchild exhibits. She will showcase the latest and most innovative works of art and design at Fairchild during Art Basel.
Grajales opened the Cristina Grajales Gallery in 2001 to explore the expanding field of design. The gallery, which specializes in 20th century and contemporary design, serves clients who are dedicated art collectors and represents artists who blur the lines between art and functional design. It was a founding gallery of the Design Miami and Design Miami Basel international design shows. Grajales strongly believes in educating the community about art, so she launched the Dialogues with Design Legends lecture series at the renowned 92nd Street Y in Manhattan to bring in celebrated artists and designers to talk about the industry. She also serves on the board of Creative Time, a nonprofit arts organization devoted to promoting public art.
Design: Fairchild is going to be an annual exhibition held during Art Basel Miami Beach that celebrates art and culture. As part of Fairchild’s Art Program, it supports conservation work and educational and scientific outreach programs. The Art Program has featured works from artists like Jorge Pardo, John Chamberlain, Will Ryman, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Yayoi Kusama, Mark di Suvero, Roy Lichtenstein, Dale Chihuly, Fernando Botero, Yoko Ono, Franz West, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Kris Martin. It is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Lin Lougheed, Aaron I. Fleischman, and the Cristina Grajales Gallery.
About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries throughout the tropical world including the Indonesia, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia. Fairchild’s palm and cycad collections are considered the greatest collections in the world and are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association. Fairchild has the largest education program in a metropolitan area reaching more than 100,000 schoolchildren in 2011. Fairchild hosts popular events like the Chocolate, Mango, Orchid, Food and Garden, Ramble and Edible Garden Festivals, as well as an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant shows and sales, evening events and more. Fairchild is a not-for-profit organization with 45,000 members and is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter