Right about this time, everyone up north is heartily sick of slush and snow and all things bleak. Celebrate the fact that you are—even if only temporarily—free of such dreariness with a visit to Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern, at the Wolfsonian Museum, in South Beach. Way more than a snoozy show about your great aunt’s favorite plant, this exhibition is a design-conscious take on the salutory, even hallucinatory effects that tropical foliage might have on, say, the average winter-dulled New England or Northern European psyche. A spidery Matisse drawing, a lush panel of “Inca” wallpaper from 19th-century France, a pair of stylized steel Brazilian “leaf” chairs, a straight-off-the-runway dress made of feathery silk-and-cotton fronds, even a set of plastic salad tongs—each item brings on the heat in its own botanical way. The show closes at the end of the month, so hurry over before the leaves drop.
Look 3, Spring/Summer Collection 2015 by Erdem Moralioglu (Canadian, b. 1977), designer. Photo Courtesy of Erdem.
Incas wallpaper panel, 1818. Joseph Dufour et Compagnie (founded Mâcon, France, 1801–23), Block-printed on handmade paper. Courtesy of Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz.
Cadeira Deliciosa [Deliciosa Chair], 2014 by Fernando Jaeger (Brazilian, b. 1956).