The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has done many wonderful multidisciplinary exhibits but “Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i”(through Oct. 28)perhaps makes the best use to date of its Beaux Arts LuEsther T. Mertz Library. From the paintings she created in the Hawaiian Islands during a three-month stay in 1939 through a look at their complex flora to a documentary on her groundbreaking trip, this is an exhaustive show, delightfully so.
We recommend starting at the library, then moving on to the cherry atop the sundae – the Hawaiian floral specimens on view at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which include sacred lotuses in the reflecting pools outside.
It’s like being in Hawaii without the air and hotel fare.
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– Georgette Gouveia