1/04/2022 PHILLIPS MUSEUM OF ART

Nancy Macko: The Fragile Bee

Nancy Macko: The Fragile Bee

February 1–April 28

As a social practice, Macko’s work addresses life’s fundamental questions. She photographs the process of the life and death of plants that serves as a metaphor of our brief existence. As an artist working with many media, including photography, printmaking, and installation, Macko wishes to present the natural world’s often hidden beauty in the photos she takes. In recording the life cycle of bee-attracting flora, she hopes to shed light on our own brief lifespan. 

In the exhibition The Fragile Bee, Macko looks closely at the world of bees, not only to examine their biology and somatic features, but also to study their habitat and highly organized society. The group of works consists of four interconnected multi-disciplinary and multi-media installations. This compelling work is not only meant to inform the public about the plight of the bees but also to raise awareness of our interdependent relationship with them. 

Exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

Artist Talk

Thursday, January 27, 5:00 p.m., Virtual

Missed the Talk? Enjoy watching the recorded event. 

Film Screening: My Garden of a Thousand Bees & Honey Tasting

Wednesday, February 23, 5:00 p.m., Winter Visual Arts Center, Cinema

  • Detail of Honey Teachings: In the Mother Tongue of the Bees, 2015, mixed media, archival digital prints, vinyl signage affixed to 105 hexagonal panels, each 11.5”. Image Credit: Detail of Honey Teachings: In the Mother Tongue of the Bees, 2015, mixed media, archival digital prints, vinyl signage affixed to 105 hexagonal panels, each 11.5”.
  • Detail of Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), 2014, Archival digital print, 38 ½ X 40”. Image Credit: Detail of Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), 2014, Archival digital print, 38 ½ X 40”.
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