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A weed is a plant out of place - exhibition at Lismore Castle Arts

"A weed is a plant out of place" is the current exhibition at Lismore Castle Arts Centre running from 3 April – 30 September 2016. Curated by Allegra Pesenti and featuring the work of Anna Atkins, Harry Callahan, Pierpaolo Campanini, Mat Collishaw, Dorothy Cross, Latifa Echakhch, Susan Hartnett, Michael Landy, Mateo Lopez, Maria Sibylla Merian, Adrian Paci, Luisa Rabbia, Jeanne Silverthorne, Philip Taaffe, Emma Tennant, Michael John Whelan and Pae White

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"This exhibition explores the interpretation of weeds by contemporary artists within a socio-historical context. Elegant patterns of weeds and wildflowers in specimen books that date back to the eighteenth century belong to the fascinating intersection between science and art. Examples of these ancient manuscripts and collected specimens accompany the works of today in an eclectic but focused survey and a carefully orchestrated installation. The lush grounds and gardens of Lismore Castle form an integral and crucial part of the exhibition. Nourishment, Michael Landy’s portfolio of twelve etched ‘portraits’ of weeds, was one of the primary incentives for A Weed is a Plant Out of Place, and features in the gallery along with works by other contemporary artists. Vintage photographs by Anna Atkins and Harry Callahan are also included."

About Allegra Pesenti

A native of Milan, Italy, Allegra Pesenti did her undergraduate studies at the École du Louvre and University College London and received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialized in the study of Italian drawings of the 15th and 16th centuries. She began her museums career as an intern in the prints and drawings departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Louvre before joining the drawings department of the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1999 as an assistant curator. At the Hammer Museum, where she oversaw the Grunwald Center’s collection of 45,000 prints, drawings, photographs, and artists' books dating from the Renaissance to the present, she recently curated the exhibition Zarina: Paper Like Skin, which traveled to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. Among her other exhibitions at the Hammer, all accompanied by publications, were Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955-1972 (2012), Rachel Whiteread Drawings (2010), Gouge: The Modern Woodcut, 1870 to Now (2008), and Extraordinary Exhibitions: Broadsides from the Collection of Ricky Jay (2007). She also initiated a series of artist-curated and collection-based exhibitions at the Hammer, called Houseguest, involving the artists Jennifer Bornstein, Francesca Gabbiani, Frances Stark and William E. Jones (2008-13). Allegra is currently Curator at Large of the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, and her most recent exhibition Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now was co-organised by the Hammer Museum and the Menil Collection.