It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Valdir Cruz photographs the trees and forests of his native Brazil. For those of us who have never visited (or may never visit) the rainforest, news reports of its destruction are an abstraction. Cruz’s stunning images bring the beauty and majesty of the rainforest into sharp focus. These portraits of individual trees, root systems, and the forest’s canopy pulse with life. On a visceral level we understand that we are as rooted in the earth as the trees are — nature and humanity inextricably linked.
– Mara Williams, Chief Curator
Raizes/Roots is one of six concurrent exhibits that explore our physical and metaphorical relationship with trees — seen for millennia as botanical analogues for human life, spiritual touchstones, and expressions of family connectivity.
March 31 – Members’ Opening Reception & Champagne Brunch
Valdir Cruz website