Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lifting the Landscape: Christopher Curtis

Saturday, March 17, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, August 26, 2018 (All day)

The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26.

Curtis works primarily in stone and he often incorporates sculptural welded stainless steel or bronze into his pieces. He began working with stone under the instruction of Paul Aschenbach at the University of Vermont.  Though Curtis employs current technology in his work, his abiding fascination is with raw stone. He sees in each stone both its ancient history and its unique shape. 

 “I begin not with quarried blocks but with raw stones as they are found in nature,” says Curtis, “Each one, with its time-honed patina, tells a story of a very long personal past.  The stones pass through the present very quickly and, with altered identities, continue their journeys into an unimaginably long future.”

For Curtis, stones are objects, not just material. That makes the discovery, selection and recovery of the stone an important and enjoyable part of his work. Curtis has studied the geologic history of his native Vermont, following the ancient lines of glaciers and inland seas to find stones whose stories resonate with the sculptures they become.

“I am interested in the peculiar intersection of the past and the future,” Curtis adds, “Cross-cultural and time independent archetypes are the universal symbols that capture and express this phenomenon in the present.  My work is about expressing these eternal truths in physical form.”

The exhibit will include six large pieces by Curtis placed at venues along the Lakeside Promenade. 

An opening reception for Mr. Curtis will be on Thursday, March 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. and Curtis will also be one of three featured speakers at The Botanical Symposium on Saturday, April 14. Pieces in the exhibit are available for sale with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Botanic Garden. 

Christopher Curtis’ work is represented in over 250 private collections in the U.S. In addition, he has many significant public commissions, including among others: the U.S. Federal Reserve, Washington, DC; Red Rocks Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada; Reservoir Woods, Waltham, Massachusetts; University of Arkansas Medical School, Little Rock; and the U.S. Embassy, Copenhagen, Denmark. Curtis works from his studio in Stowe, Vermont.

Lifting the Landscape is sponsored by donors including James and Cherry Bost, Frank and Gayle Eby, Burt B. Holmes, and The Ruskin Art Club.   

Botanical!

Friday, April 13, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, April 14, 2018 (All day)

Each year Botanical! Weekend will begin on Friday evening by taking you to one of the coveted regional cuisines of the world with menus conceived and prepared, on site, by prominent, well-regarded Chefs from the region chosen.

An Homage to the Bistro Cuisine of “Paris” at Botanical!
April 13, 6 PM

Please join us this year as we ‘travel’ to Paris for a Parisian Bistro Moderne evening with menus conceived and prepared by Parisian Chef Amélie Darvas.  Join us for cocktails in the Children’s Discovery Garden at 6 p.m. and be seated for dinner at 7 p.m..  Eight small ‘Bistros’ have been created at the Garden - each seating 24-26 patrons per Bistro at tables for 2, 4, and 6 - each having their own wait staff, lead waiter and sommelier.  In short, you are invited to enjoy the evening with friends as though you were simply going ‘out for dinner’.  No entertainment, no microphones, no pleas for additional money.… just dinner - intriguing food, sustainable, regional, Bistro moderne to the core and beautifully presented.  Small batch, predominantly organic, family-owned vineyard wines as accompaniments.  Dress is Casual Left Bank Chic…jeans and comfy shoes are perfectly au courant!  Valet provided. $1500 per person. 

For more information on Botanical Dinner or to buy tickets, click here.

 

The Symposium at Botanical!
April 14, 9 AM to 1:30 PM

On Saturday morning, a Symposium will be held with 2-3 internationally known speakers furthering the discussion of the chosen region’s cuisine.  This year, Carolin Young will bring you tales of two fabulous 17th c French gardens - what was grown, how it was used - and share with you the reasons why those specific two gardens changed the course of French culinary history.  Ms. Young will be followed by Julia Abramson, PhD who will further the historical discussion by bringing you into the scenario of the early French Émigrés to America and how the Emigres themselves changed the course of the American culinary experience.  Our 3rd speaker, Christopher Curtis, is a nationally recognized sculptor whose work is currently being exhibited at Tulsa Botanic Garden.  At the conclusion of the speakers there will be a 30 minute question and answer period moderated by a member of the Oxford Food Symposium.

“THE TASTING”  luncheon, immediately follows the conclusion of Symposium!  This too will be an annual event and will give the attendees of the Symposium the opportunity to taste specific and authentic regional foods, condiments and spices of the cuisine chosen.  Formaggio Kitchen of Boston is providing French olives, cheeses, jambon, mustards, olive oils, honeys and butters.  French baguettes and fougasse provided locally as well as fresh spring vegetables. Hard ciders will accompany THE TASTING.  David Robinson, of Formaggio Kitchen will guide attendees through the different products chosen for The Tasting.  

For details on speakers and registration, click here

 

The Bazaar at Botanical!
April 14, 10 AM to 5 PM

A French Market modeled on the iconic Marché au Puce of Paris.  You are welcome to stroll through the various small tents featuring authentic French antiques - from the serious to the whimsical; French nosegays, Je Ne C’est Pas - a tent of random findings; French pastries; Garden Treasures - old pots, the odd chair, the strange ‘objet’; Rare and Unusual Plants; a strolling musician or two, and a caricature artist!  Delivery of large items can happily be arranged if necessary.  The day is complete with scattered tables for picnics and an extraordinary opportunity to wander through the Tulsa Botanic Garden and enjoy the ambience of the Garden on a beautiful, early spring day.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Botanical Weekend 2018

The Symposium at BOTANICAL!

Saturday, April 14, 2018 -
9:00am to 1:30pm

 

SCHEDULE:

9 a.m. - REGISTRATION & COFFEE
10 a.m. - WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS - Tulsa Botanic Garden and Robert McKeown (Oxford Food Symposiast)
10:20 a.m. - KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

· Enlightened Gardening with Carolin Young -  How Two 17th-century French Gardens Changed Western Cuisine

Carolin Young will bring you tales of two fabulous 17th c French gardens - what was grown, how it was used - and share with you the reasons why those specific two gardens changed the course of French culinary history. 

· Botanical Politics with Dr. Julia Abramson - The Effect of French Émigrés on the Foodways of America

Julia Abramson, PhD who will further the historical discussion by bringing you into the scenario of the early French Émigrés to America and how the Emigres themselves changed the course of the American culinary experience.  

· A Sculpted Walk in the Garden with Christopher Curtis -  Art in the Outdoors

 Christopher Curtis, is a nationally recognized sculptor whose work is currently being exhibited at Tulsa Botanic Garden.

11:30 a.m.: Q & A with Keynote Speakers

12:00 p.m.: THE TASTING with Formaggio Kitchen's David Robinson
A guided journey through 
French olives, cheeses, jambon, mustards, olive oils, honeys and butters provided by Formaggio Kitchen Boston.  French baguettes and fougasse provided locally as well as fresh spring vegetables. Hard ciders will accompany. 

 


  Carolin Young is a food scholar with a focus on French culture and dining history. A long-time resident of Paris, she’s been a researcher, lecturer, and dinner curator for Sotheby’s and a long-time speaker of the Oxford Food Symposium. Her work focuses on the social and historical aspects of dining and food as a form of culture. She is widely known for her book, Apples of Gold in Settings of Silver: Stories of Dinner as a Work of Art, a journey through the menus, settings, design, experience, and historical context of twelve renowned dinner parties from the Middle Ages to the 1930s.

 Dr. Julia Abramson is an Associate Professor at University of Oklahoma and researches and teaches about essential interdisciplinary topics in the French eighteenth century and contemporary culture, food studies, and finance, economics, and culture. Her publications include Food Culture in France. Appointed by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution, she has served as the research scholar for a public humanities project that investigated local food histories and practices across the State of Oklahoma, to understand their relationship to national trends. She earned the B.A. in French Studies from Bryn Mawr College and Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures, with a specialization in French, from Princeton University.

Christopher Curtis cut his first stone under the instruction of Paul Aschenbach at the University of Vermont. He continues to navigate the liminal space between science and art, using industrial tools for artistic means. Though Curtis’ work employs current technology, his abiding fascination is with raw stone. He has studied the geologic history of his native Vermont, following the ancient lines of glaciers and inland seas to find stones whose stories resonate with the sculptures they become.

David Robinson spent the first decade of his working life cooking in some of Boston’s finest restaurants, including Marcuccio’s and Radius, during which time he also traveled extensively through Italy and Spain. Since becoming the cheese buyer at Formaggio Kitchen South End in 2010, David has traveled extensively through Europe for his work.

Robert McKeown has worked in all aspects of the food, design, media, and hospitality industries. Cross-trained in Mobil 5-Star French kitchens, elite design studios, and cheese caves, he has served as editor-at-large and foreign correspondent for publications like Gourmet (US), and Gourmet Traveller (Oz), winning numerous awards including a nomination as World’s Best Food Journalist. He has done research and concept development for renowned chefs and hotel groups like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and W Hotels. McKeown has received grants for academic and culinary research including those from Oxford University, Kikkoman Soy Sauce, the James Beard Foundation, and the Culinary Institute of America, and regularly lectures and chairs forums and conferences about food, media, and culture in settings such as the Oxford Food Symposium. 


Limited spaces are available for The Symposium. Pre-registration required and includes valet parking, symposium, The Tasting and admission to the Garden for the day. The Symposium will be held in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Grange at Tulsa Botanic Garden.

Registration is $200 for Garden members and $250 for non-members  

Online registration for The Symposium has closed -  For phone registration, call 918-289-0330, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

The Symposium at BOTANICAL!

 

The Bazaar at BOTANICAL!

Saturday, April 14, 2018 -
10:00am to 5:00pm

Throughout the day on Saturday, April 14, visitors to the Botanic Garden can shop at the Bazaar at BOTANICAL!  – A French Market modeled on the iconic Marché au Puce of Paris.  Stroll through the various small tents featuring authentic French antiques - from the serious to the whimsical; French nosegays, Je Ne C’est Pas - a tent of random findings; French pastries; Garden Treasures - old pots, the odd chair, the strange ‘objet’; Rare and Unusual Plants; a strolling musician or two, and a caricature artist! 

Delivery of large items can happily be arranged if necessary.  The day is complete with scattered tables for picnics and an extraordinary opportunity to wander through the Botanic Garden and enjoy the ambience of the Garden on a beautiful, early spring day.  

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, (March 15 - Nov. 4). Only service dogs are permitted, except for specifically designated dog events. For map/directions, click here. For more information, call 918-289-0330. 

 

The Bazaar at BOTANICAL!