Orchidelirium! The name alone seems worth the trip for the Feb 27-April 17 show. Then add 'a whopper of a climax. At the end of the path, rising in majesty, is a mountain of volcanic stone' that is stated to 'explode with color' and clearly pilgrimage to the botanical garden is due. Orchidelirium uses flowers to display the rampant imperial ambition and ruthless acquisitiveness of the modern era's search for commodified and expensive forms of nature. The new book by Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene, uses words like Thermocene, Thanatocene, Phagocene, Phronocene, Agnatocene, Capitalocene, and Polemocene to do something of the same project. The New York book launch will be held at the Institute for Public Culture on Monday Feb 26, if critical discussions of critical histories of consumerism and environmental destruction are your thing (and if they aren't, shouldn't they be?).