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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

The Sign of the Tendril

Barbara Rogers, Hothouse Hybrids #14, 2013, Oil on Canvas
Barbara Rogers

March 31, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Join us for this talk by Barbara Rogers, Professor Emeritus of Painting and Drawing in the UA School of Art and among the artists featured in our Botanical Relations exhibition.

For architects, designers, engineers and artists like Barbara Rogers, the tendril is inspiration for dynamic curves and Baroque edges and lines. For desert dwellers, the sight of a green tendril is a sign of hope, fecundity and the presence of water.

Scientists are just now discovering the incredible forces in nature that help shape a small, delicate and straight stem into a tendril that curves dramatically – thereby attaching itself to something stronger. When the tendril ages and becomes a vine, it can grow sturdy enough to climb toward the sun.

To Rogers, the tendril is a beautiful sign of both life and the power of natural adaptation that encourage life forms to constantly evolve.

The talk comes with the cost of admission: $8 for adults; $6.50 for Seniors 65+; and free for Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, visitors with a SNAP card or Tribal ID, and children.

Image: Barbara Rogers, Hothouse Hybrids #14, 2013, Oil on Canvas