While floral arrangement is an art in and of itself, each year Art in Bloom invites florists to explore a novel idea: What would pieces from the museum's permanent collection look like if they were re-interpreted with flora? This question will be answered this weekend when over 150 works go on display. The event kicks off Thursday with a ticketed lecture from Nancy Clarke, former chief floral designer at the White House, who will be discussing the history of flowers at the presidential residence. Later on, the MIA will host Flowers After Hours from 6 to 9 p.m. The flower-power party will feature music from Café Accordion Orchestra, a cash bar, chair massages, and chocolate sampling. The floral works will be on display all weekend but it's usually best to go earlier if you can; these pieces have a limited shelf life, after all. For a complete schedule of lectures, workshops, and other happenings, check www.artsmia.org/art-in-bloom-2011.
Thu., April 28, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; April 29-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., May 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2011