Andrew Raftery: The Autobiography of a Garden

Andrew Raftery: The Autobiography of a Garden

Conservatory of Flowers

Wed, Sep 26 
6:00 PM

The Autobiography of a Garden is an installation of twelve earthenware plates transfer-printed with engraving that shows artist Andrew Raftery going through the year performing gardening tasks appropriate to each month—a contemporary response to the medieval book of hours. 

The garden at Raftery's mother's home in Providence, Rhode Island, is both the inspiration for his work and a separate creative entity. In this talk, Raftery will discuss the relationship between the eight years it took to develop this project and the constantly renewing cycles inherent to gardening.

DATE AND TIME 
Wednesday, September 26
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Illustrated talk

LOCATION
Conservatory of Flowers - Orchid Pavilion
100 John F. Kennedy Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

REGISTRATION

  • $35 General admission
  • $30 Garden Conservancy members
  • Members of the Garden Conservancy at Garden Partner ($500), Garden Champion ($750), and Society of Fellows levels are free of charge. Please call Cara Schaffer at 845.424.6500 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to register.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Andrew Raftery is a printmaker specializing in narrative scenes of contemporary American life. Trained in painting and printmaking at Boston University and Yale, he has focused on burin engraving for the past 17 years. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Art, British Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2003, Andrew received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and in 2008 he was a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was elected to membership in the National Academy in 2009 and to Print Council of America in 2012. He is a professor of printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Above image from The Autobiography of a Garden exhibition, courtesy of Andrew Raftery