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Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center

Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue
718-549-3200

History of Wave Hill 

Wave Hill House was built as a country home in 1843 by jurist William Lewis Morris. From 1866-1903 it was owned by William Henry Appleton, who enlarged the house in 1866-69 and again in 1890. A publishing scion, Appleton brought to Wave Hill such pioneering natural scientists as Thomas Henry Huxley. Huxley was astounded by the site, declaring the Palisades across the river one of the world's greatest natural wonders. 

Theodore Roosevelt's family rented Wave Hill during the summers of 1870 and ‘71, when the future president was a youth of 12 and 13. Teddy's time here significantly deepened his love of nature and love of the outdoors that would later prompt him to secure the preservation of millions of acres of American parkland. 

Mark Twain leased the estate from 1901-1903, setting up a treehouse parlor in the branches of a chestnut tree on the lawn. Of winter at Wave Hill he wrote, I believe we have the noblest roaring blasts here I have ever known on land; they sing their hoarse song through the big tree-tops with a splendid energy that thrills me and stirs me and uplifts me and makes me want to live always. 

Mission

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

Upcoming Events at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center

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Exhibition - Earth in Peril: David Benjamin Sherry at Wave Hill House

With an unrelenting reverence for the natural world, David Benjamin Sherry photographs epic scenes of the American landscape with a particular focus on the West, highlighting its beauty while hinting at its precarious future. Showcasing a selection…

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Exhibition - Priscilla Aleman at Glyndor Gallery

Priscilla Aleman’s installation Origins of Devotion transforms the Sunroom into an overgrown, devotional environment that uses the body as an innate symbol in ceremony to convey the sacred, the afterlife and the deities of our time.…

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Exhibition - Frances Palmer: Life in the Studio at Wave Hill House

Frances Palmer: Life in the Studio features photographs by Frances Palmer, a member of Wave Hill’s Friends of Horticulture and ceramicist of international reputation, in anticipation of the release of her first book of the eponymous title. A…

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Exhibition - Eco-Urgency: Now or Never at Glyndor Gallery

Co-organized by Wave Hill and Lehman College Art Gallery, Eco-Urgency: Now or Never, is a collaborative exhibition that shows the varied responses artists have to the unfolding ecological crisis. This two-part exhibition opens August 28, 2021 at…

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Exhibition - Jake Brush at Glyndor Gallery

2021 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow Jake Brush will combine digital animations, photography, sculpture and performance to realize surreal, comical and personal reflections on how technology mediates our reality and lived experience. Brush…

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Exhibition - Katherine Miranda at Glyndor Gallery

Mining their familial history and lived experiences as a non-binary Latinx person in the Bronx, 2021 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow Katherine Miranda will create a large-scale, sculptural shrine referencing a photograph of their maternal…

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Exhibition - Kamari Carter at Glyndor Gallery

In the Sunroom, Kamari Carter’s sculptural installation investigates the local, forgotten colonial-era histories of Black communities in the Hudson Valley, examining systems of violence, racial and social control and identity. Carter’s…

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Exhibition - Salvador Muñoz at Glyndor Gallery

In the Sun Porch, 2020 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellow Salvador Muñoz draws on both his Xicano identity and his social practice, which centers on queer people of color, to create a vibrant and responsive installation. Muñoz's…

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Exhibition - The Shadow of the Sun: Ross Bleckner and Zachari Logan at Glyndor Gallery

The Shadow of the Sun: Ross Bleckner and Zachari Logan pairs New York-based painter Ross Bleckner and Canadian artist Zachari Logan. This exhibition brings together two artists who are in different stages of their careers and have collaborated in…

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Exhibition - Gyun Hur: So We Can Be Near at Glyndor Gallery

Gyun Hur’s So we can be near is a landscape she has composed from her memories of loss and beauty. This installation visualizes histories that are personal, familial and intimately shared. Under soft, yellow light, etched mirrors line the…

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Exhibition - Shoshanna Weinberger: Fragments of Perception

Inspired by Wave Hill’s Aquatic Garden pool and tropical plants, Shoshanna Weinberger’s installation treats the garden as a metaphorical space to explore the complexity of her Caribbean-American heritage. The artist uses a grouping of…

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Exhibition - Winter Workspace 2021 at Glyndor Gallery

The Winter Workspace is a six-week program that provides 12 artists each year with free studio space, a financial stipend and access to Wave Hill’s living collection. Since it began more than ten years ago, the Workspace has supported more…

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Exhibition - Zac Skinner: Ecocide Drifter at Glyndor Gallery

In the Sunroom, Zac Skinner’s installation of paintings and sculptures explores ecological history, the Anthropocene and a dystopic future—consequences of land and water pollution, industry, capitalism, and other threats that have caused…

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Exhibition - Ana Flores: Forest Dialogue at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center

A pair of bronze chairs, branches growing from their backs, invite the visitor to sit amongst the majestic trees—Metasequoia glyptostroboides and the Taxodium distichum—in front of Glyndor Gallery. These sheltering seats remind us that…

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Exhibition - 23rd Annual International: American Society of Botanical Artists and Wave Hill

In this time of uncertainty, it is heartening to reopen Glyndor Gallery with the 23rd Annual International in collaboration with the American Society for Botanical Artists. The artworks on view collectively speak to nature’s resiliency and…

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Exhibition - Gracelee Lawrence: The Other Escapes, The Ones You Can Open in Yourself at Glyndor Gallery

Sited on the lawn behind Glyndor Gallery, Gracelee Lawrence’s arresting sculptural fountain explores the relationship between the body, propagated plants and technology—connections between humans and the natural world—as well as…

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Exhibition - Frances Palmer: Life in The Studio at Wave Hill House

Frances Palmer: Life in the Studio features photographs by Frances Palmer, a member of Wave Hill’s Friends of Horticulture and ceramicist of international reputation, in anticipation of the release of her first book of the eponymous title. A…

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Exhibition - Shelley Haven: The Architecture of Nature at Wave Hill House

Bronx artist Shelley Haven presents an exhibition of works in ink, graphite, gouache and oil. Selected from Haven’s series Travel Drawings and Boulders, these expressive, linear renderings of rock and cliff formations sighted during her…

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Exhibition - Mona Kamal: Birch Bark Paintings at Wave Hill House

Mona Kamal’s birch bark series reintroduces drawing into her practice as a meditative escape from her political work questioning identity, nationalism and borders. The dense floral patterning alludes to mosaics and textiles in various cultures…

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Exhibition - Wennie Huang And Ed Go: Third Mind At Wave Hill House

In the summer of 2008, Wennie Huang and Ed Go began a series of creative exchanges between poetic word and images. The pencil and ink drawings, etchings, pointillist inscription and pierced paper capture whimsical intimacies amongst the authors,…

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Concert: I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson's Life in His Words And Song At Wave Hill

I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words & Songs captures the essence of this monumental 20th-century figure. Robeson was an all-American athlete, scholar, international recording artist and star of stage and screen. Regarded as…

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Concert: Canellakis-Brown Duo At Wave Hill

Hailed as “a pair of adventurous young talents” (Time Out New York), the Canellakis-Brown Duo, comprised of cellist Nicholas Canellakis and composer/pianist Michael Brown, has been captivating audiences with its superb musicianship and…

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Concert: Ann Schein, Piano At Wave Hill

Ann Schein is a pianist who “simply reaches right into the heart of whatever she is playing – and creates music so powerful you cannot tear yourself away ." (The Washington Post). Her amazing career has earned her high praise in major…

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Concert: Sirius Quartet At Wave Hill

Acclaimed for “savoring the life of each richly inflected note" (Los Angeles Times), Sirius Quartet combines exhilarating repertoire with unequalled improvisational fire. These conservatory-trained performer-composers shine with precision,…

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Concert: Amy Burton And John Musto At Wave Hill

Dynamic husband-and-wife duo soprano Amy Burton and composer/pianist John Musto combine forces for a lively program of popular songs. Performance highlights for the duo include the cabaret room at New York’s Café Sabarsky and the…

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Concert: Women Composers in the Spotlight At Wave Hill

This concert brings women composers and their work to the forefront and is presented in conjunction with the Glyndor Gallery exhibition Outcasts: Women in the Wilderness. Curated by American composer and educator Suzanne Farrin, her insightful…

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Exhibition - Benjamin Swett: New York City Of Trees

For many years, photographer Benjamin Swett has captured the trees that make up New York City’s urban forest. His portraits of trees throughout the five boroughs, among them the magnificent specimens in Wave Hill’s collection, describe the…

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Exhibition - Abbie Zabar: Ten Years Of Flowers

Abbie Zabar exhibits a selection of drawings from her series Flowers in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For a decade, Zabar visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a weekly basis to draw the glorious arrangements on display in…

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Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature

As part of Seven Deadly Sins, a collaborative series of exhibitions being presented by  the seven arts institutions that comprise the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance. Wave Hill is exploring the concept of wrath as it relates to times of…

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Exhibition - Gregory Crewdson: Fireflies

With the Fireflies series of photographs, Gregory Crewdson frames that fleeting moment when the sun slips away and the beguiling insects begin their electric dance. From one image to the next there is a multiplicity of movement, a sense of the…

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Sunroom Project Space Exhibition: Lauren Carly Shaw

Lauren Carly Shaw is interested in multiple aspects of the human figure, including its objectification, the will of the individual and the manifestation of emotion through form. In particular, her sculptures portray the female body through a…

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Reade Bryan - Sunroom Project Space Exhibition

Reade Bryan: Inhabited Reade Bryan’s work examines the role of materials and natural resources in the production of the built environment. In his sculptures, Bryan uses iconic building supplies, originally uprooted from nature and repurposed for…

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Tammy Nguyen - Sunroom Project Space Exhibition

Tammy Nguyen: Van Lier Visual Artist Fellow Tammy Nguyen’s paintings and handmade books tell stories based on contradictions found in cultural beliefs. Her complex artist books morph and evolve as they are read, creating unexpected juxtapositions…

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Alexandra Phillips - Sunroom Project Space Exhibition

Alexandra Phillips: Van Lier Visual Artist Fellow Alexandra Phillips creates sculpture from cast-off material that she finds in the urban environment that surrounds her. By reworking these objects into forms that echo traditional sculpture, she…

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