Mother's Day weekend usually entails brunch (OK, let's be real, weekends in general usually entail brunch), but given the glorious weather and loads of exciting things to do, supplement the omelets and mimosas with a side of the arts. Here are a few weekend art suggestions; for more events, check out the listings in our calendar.
On Saturday, May 9, George Eastman House (900 East Avenue) will open "In the Garden," a photography exhibition showcasing images by more than 75 photographers, and spanning the history of photography, from daguerreotype to inkjet prints. Drawn from the museum's unique collection of photographs that explore uses of gardens and how humans cultivate the landscapes that surround them, the show features a wide range of subjects in this theme, from famous locations such as Versailles to the simplest home vegetable garden; worlds imagined by artists, to food production recorded by journalists.
"In the Garden" will remain on view through September 6. Eastman House hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14, $12 for seniors, $5 for students, and free to members and children under 12. Eastman House will also offer a Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday at 10 a.m., and garden tours throughout the month of May. For more information, call 271-3361, or visit eastmanhouse.org.
Also on Saturday, Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince Street) will host "Expanded Cinema," an evening of live performances featuring local artists who use film, video, light, and sound to create interactive cinematic works of art. The performances will feature projections in multiple formats (16mm and Super 8 film, video, slides, overhead projectors and glass lantern slides from the late 1800's) created from the extensive media archives available at Visual Studies Workshop. Participating artists include Tate Shaw, Ray Ray Mitrano, Tara Merenda Nelson, Almudena Escobar Lopez, Curt Markham, and others. The event begins at 7 p.m. and there is a $5 suggested donation. Contact Tara Merenda Nelson at email@example.com or 442-8676 with any questions. Visit vsw.org for more details.