Earlier this month, a trendy crowd squeezed into a makeshift gallery at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), to see cannabis make its debut on the modern art stage. The timing of the event couldn’t have been more apt, as New York legislators are currently crafting a bill that would legalize an adult-use market in the state.
The artistic appreciation of cannabis is grounded, for some, in the Japanese art of flower arranging known as Ikebana.real-live hemp plants—courtesy of the upstate New York farm Hudson Hemp—with the addition of various flowers, ferns and fruits, had been arranged into a series of vibrant, living sculptures.
As they arrived at the event, called “Hothouse,” visitors crowded around the half-dozen pieces, each displayed on a white pedestal, and snapped photos. While the arrangements were sensational, even glamorous, the event also worked to normalize cannabis and frame the plant in a refreshing, aesthetic context.
Hothouse’: Cannabis Plants as Art
The display was accompanied by a panel discussion, featuring five acclaimed cannabis advocates: Anja Charbonneau, the Editor in Chief and Creative Director of Broccoli magazine (who will be on the Leafly podcast “The Hash” on Feb. 17); the floral arranger and writer Amy Merrick, who crafted the pieces on display; Alice Grandoit, a designer and cannabis grower; and Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey, a cannabis grower and author of The Art of Weed Butter.The event was moderated by Georgia Frances King, Ideas Editor at Quartz.
As they arrived at the event, called 'Hothouse,' visitors crowded around the half-dozen pieces, each displayed on a white pedestal, and snapped photos.