A Night in the Garden with Michele Oka Doner

If you’ve ever strolled through the Miami International Airport and admired the floor, you wouldn’t be the first person to appreciate or recognize the works of artist Michele Oka Doner. Titled A Walk on the Beach, the mile and a quarter long concourse of bronze in terrazzo at Miami International Airport is seen by 40,000,000 travelers a year, and sits alongside another work, Sargassum, the etched glass atrium in the Miami Intermodal Center, also at the airport.

An internationally renowned artist and author, Michele Oka Doner’s work spans five decades. Her artwork is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world, from which she derives her formal vocabulary. Her artistic production encompasses sculpture, public art, prints, drawings, functional objects, artist books, costume and set design, video and other media. And she is well known for creating over 30 public and private permanent art installations throughout the U.S. - including the aforementioned works at the airport and collaborating with the Miami City Ballet in 2016.

Represented by Marlborough Gallery, New York, and David Gill in London, Michele's work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Perez Museum Miami, Chicago Art Institute, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian) New York, the Louvre - Paris, the Victoria & Albert Museum – London, as well as in museum collections at Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Michigan, among other nationally and internationally. She maintains a studio in New York City.

Lucky us, she will be in Miami later this March for a special event at The Kampong to discuss the “trees of her life”, we encourage anyone and everyone to RSVP for this very special night with one of our favorite artists.

Ecstatic Nutrition: The Trees of My Life with Michele Oka Doner
Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 pm
Lecture begins at 7 pm sharp

The Kampong
4013 South Douglas Rd
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
A revelation and discussion focusing on three giants: a Banyan that dominated the landscape surrounding Michele's childhood home, the night blooming Baobab that grew at the doorstep of the Miami Beach Public Library, (now the Bass Museum of Art), and the Australian Pines that caught the wind outside her bedroom windows, literally singing her to sleep.

The event on Thursday, March 21 will begin at 6:30 pm with wine and light bites. The lecture will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Admission is always complimentary for members and $10 donations are suggested for guests. Perhaps it's time to become a Kampong member, if you are not already, and join the National Tropical Botanical Garden family.

Space is limited. RSVP at kampong@ntbg.org.

Note: This is not an official Commissioner event but we love the Kampong and we love Michele, so we support!

Joanna DavilaThe Kampong