In 2012, Independent Visions: Sculpture in the Garden continued the Garden's tradition of presenting works by internationally renowned artists in an extraordinary setting. In collaboration with Marlborough Gallery in New York, one of the world's leading art dealers, the group exhibition featured 19 contemporary sculptures by 9 artists.
The artists included Magdalena, Abakanowicz, Chakaia Booker, Red Grooms, Clement Meadmore, Michele Oka Doner, Beverly Pepper, George Rickey, Kenneth Snelson, and Manalo Valdés. The sculptures – some of the largest ever presented in the Garden – range from monumental bronzes of Valdés to the whimsical portayls of urban culture by Grooms. Dale Lanzone, Curator, said of the exhibition, "The exhibited works, though diverse in character, exemplify the individual artists' shared committment to physicality and to the object as their preferred sculptural medium."