Cannabis Makes Its Modern Art Debut in New York City

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Cannabis Makes Its Modern Art Debut in New York CityCannabis as art, now showing at MOMA's satellite in Queens. (iStock)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 gorgeous displays behind her hinted at an unspoken question: Why not incorporate cannabis plants as well? The artistic appreciation of cannabis is grounded, for some, in the Japanese art of flower arranging known as Ikebana. The conversation focused less on cannabis’ effects than its beauty, and the lessons learned from a lifetime of plant tending. As they arrived at the event, called “Hothouse,” visitors crowded around the half-dozen pieces, each displayed on a white pedestal, and snapped photos.

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Cannabis Makes Its Modern Art Debut in New York City

Cannabis as art, now showing at MOMA's satellite in Queens. (iStock)

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.

At MOMA’s PS1 satellite in Queens, there was little political talk. Instead, 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...

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