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Art and Nature: Homes, Gardens, Museums and the Human Spirit


What did Henry Francis DuPont, Henry Clay Frick, Frederic Church, Georgia O’Keefe, and Jack Lenor Larsen have in common: homes as sites of creative restoration.  These are but only a few of the artists, gardeners, visionaries who inspired countless others–home owners, artists with studios, museum founders–to create places of culture writ large. In the modern museum and botanical garden space, the connection between art and nature founded the great museums in public parks: The Met, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Oldfields (now Newfields) and so many others.  The vital connection of art and nature is critical to human health, wellness, joy and resilience, more important than ever.

Carrie Rebora Barratt is Director of LongHouse Reserve, where the mission is to inspire living with art and all forms, the vision of founder Jack Lenor Larsen (1927-2020).  Prior to joining LongHouse, Carrie was President and CEO of the New York Botanical Garden and before that had a long career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she rose from summer intern to Deputy Director for Collections.  All of her work is at the intersection of art and nature, in the service of the human spirit.

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