Although the lobby gallery of Swiss financial behemoth UBS is looking a bit threadbare (fallout from the mortgage debacle?), this group show is a pleasingly bedraggled jaunt through all manner of flora and media. In a film by Swiss artist Roman Signer, a Christmas tree becomes a missile that startlingly converges light, shadow, space, and time. A 1970 video features Dennis Oppenheim using one hand to methodically compact a fern to pulp, perhaps a not-unexpected act from an artist who once said: “I’ve never been one to react positively to nature. I was from Brooklyn.” Ann Craven’s bright paintings of flowers and birds celebrate nature’s garishness; William Eggleston’s color photograph (ca. 1965-74) of a junked Cadillac engulfed by weeds and vines reminds us that nature will reclaim anything humanity leaves unguarded.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. Starts: Sept. 18. Continues through Oct. 31, 2008