Member Preview Days for Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard

June 27–28, 2024

Floor 8

Open to all members

Thursday, June 27, 10:30 am–6 pm
Friday, June 28, 10:30 am–5 pm

Be among the first to explore Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard during two days of Member Previews.

Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard marks the first standalone museum presentation of the fully realized indoor citrus grove conceived and designed in 1972 by artists Helen Mayer Harrison (1927–2018) and Newton Harrison (1932–2022). This project explores the need for a productive and sustainable food system in an imagined future where natural farming practices are obsolete. Stretching across the Whitney’s eighth-floor gallery, this installation of eighteen live citrus trees, rooted in self-contained planters with individual lighting systems, reflects a survivalist alternative in the face of environmental decline.  

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