Smithsonian Museum Day!

Super Science: Fossils

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on the Suffrage Centennial

International Women’s Day!

Women of the Nation Arise!

Family Art Workshop: Voting Rocks!

Women of the Nation Arise!

Super Science: Biochemistry

Imagination Studio: Marble Runs and Crazy Mazes

Family Art Workshop: Snow Globes

Korean Lunar New Year Celebration

Super Science: Electricity

From Seed to Supper: Rice Tasting with Gullah Chef BJ Dennis

American Gardens and the African Diaspora

Family Art Workshop: Luminary Lanterns

Super Science: Exploring Light

Bird and Nature Walk: Great Kills Park

The Edible Island Market

Family Art Workshops: Mystical Maps

American Gardens and From Seed to Supper

American Gardens and From Seed to Supper

AMERICAN GARDENS AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

Saturday, January 11, 2pm-3:30pm

FREE with Museum Admission

1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, SI, NY 10301

An exploration of Black Diasporan ornamental gardens and the growers, garden clubs, and horticulturists associated with them led by Staten Island based horticulturist Wambui Ippolito.

Wambui Ippolito is the horticulturist and principal designer of her own New York based landscape design firm. She is a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture.

 

FROM SEED TO SUPPER: Rice Tasting with Gullah Chef BJ Dennis

Thursday, January 16, 7pm-9pm

$35 per person (Registration required. Space is limited.)

1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, SI, NY 10301

Join renowned chef BJ Dennis in conversation with horticulturist Wambui Ippolito for an interactive exploration of the culinary traditions of the Gullah, a distinctive group of Black Americans from coastal South Carolina and Georgia. A series of rice tastings are matched with discussion around the history and culture of this all important seed and special link between the Gullah and the people of West Africa.

Benjamin “BJ” Dennis IV is a chef born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, whose cooking is inspired by Gullah Geechee culture, with its origins in West Africa. Dennis studied culinary traditions in St. Thomas before returning to the Lowcountry to cook at various restaurants including Anson’s, Carolinas, Hank’s Seafood, and 82 Queen. He now cooks at various events across the country and pop-up dinners across the Lowcountry.

Read more about Chef Dennis in Bon Appétite.

 

American Gardens and the African Diaspora and From Seed to Supper is funded, in part, through Staten Island Arts’ Expanding Audiences and Cultural Participation program, which has been made possible through the generosity of New York Community Trust, The Staten Island Foundation, and the Altman Foundation.

Bird and Nature Walk: Wolfe’s Pond Park

Staten Island OutLoud Presents Noteworthy Verse from the Pequod: Music and Readings from Moby Dick

Super Science: The Hidden World of Gases

Bird and Nature Walk: Silver Lake Park

Seeds of Hope: Film Screening, Seed Swap, and Seed Engraving

1619 - 2019: 400 Years of Honoring the Ancestors

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics & Men - Screening and Behind the Scenes Talk

Bird and Nature Walk: Latourette Park - Seview

Family Art Workshops: Unicorn and Dragon Crowns

Bird and Nature Walks

Bird and Nature Walks

All walks are free, donations are welcome.

Latourette Park-Seaview
Wednesday, November 6
10am-12pm
Search for migrating landbirds in the wooded parts of this area while making your way up to Moses Mt. for a scenic view of the fall foliage. Meet at the intersection of Manor Rd (Meisner Ave.) and Rockland Ave.

Silver Lake Park
Wednesday, November 20
10am-12pm
Explore the reservoir in search of migrating waterfowl and songbirds in the plantings around the park. Meet at the park entrance on Victory Blvd., near the Parks Dept. greenhouse.

Wolfe’s Pond Park
Wednesday, December 4
10am-12pm
Look for migrating waterfowl on the pond and in Raritan Bay. Meet in the main parking lot, near the Parks Dept. buildings.

Great Kills Park
Wednesday, December 18
10am-12pm
Search for horned lark in the parking lot, loons and ducks in Raritan Bay, and late migrant/wintering songbirds at Crooke’s Point. Meet in the northeast corner of parking lot A (first big lot in from Hylan).

Super Science: Candy Chromatography

Bird and Nature Walk: Mt. Loretto Unique Area

New York International Children’s Film Festival – Kid Flicks & Viva Kid Flicks!

Women of the Nation Arise

Women of the Nation Arise

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Women of the Nation Arise!

Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women's Right to Vote

Honoring the centennial of the 19th amendment

Your generous and fully tax-deductible gift will support this historic exhibition proudly being presented by the Staten Island Museum.

Exhibition and program series opening March 2020. Learn more about the exhibition here

 

Individual Support Levels

 

Suff Bird Women: $1,000 and up

 

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rominent placement of name on Sponsor Panel
  • Acknowledgment on Website
  • Experience Membership
  • Invitation to Exhibition preview party for 4 guests

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The Woman Voter: $500

 

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rominent placement of name on Sponsor Panel
  • Acknowledgment on Website
  • Experience Membership
  • Invitation to Exhibition preview party for 3 guests

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The Suffragist: $250

 

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  • Acknowledgment on Website
  • Family and Friends Membership
  • Invitation to Exhibition preview party for 2 guests

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Equali-tea Circle: $100

 

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For more information on major exhibition sponsorships, please contact Christina Marino at 718.483.7114. 

 

1619 - 2019: 400 Years of Honoring the Ancestors

1619 - 2019: 400 Years of Honoring the Ancestors

A discussion centered on the historic arrival of Africans to the first permanent English colony that began a complex story of resilience.

100 years after Staten Island community activist Drusilla Poole commemorated the 300th anniversary of the 1619 landing of the “20 and odd” Africans in colonial English America, the Staten Island chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (SI-AAHGS)  will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the first permanent English Colony in North America.

Q&A and reception to follow.

Registration recommendd, space is limited.

 

This program is funded, in part, through Staten Island Arts’ Expanding Audiences and Cultural Participation program, which has been made possible through the generosity of New York Community Trust, The Staten Island Foundation, and the Altman Foundation.

William T. Davis Birthday Walk: Clove Lakes Park

Family Art Workshops: Magic Wand Making

Super Science: Catapult into Physics

New York International Children’s Film Festival – Kid Flicks & Viva Kid Flicks!

New York International Children’s Film Festival – Kid Flicks & Viva Kid Flicks!

Saturday, October 19, 3pm - 5pm
Staten Island Museum (at Snug Harbor)
1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301

Catch the best short films from around the world! Presented in partnership with New York International Children’s Film Festival. 

3pm - Kid Flicks 1
(Ages 3+)

Bigger, brighter, bolder and brimming with fun and clever stories of growth and transformation. If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP. Catching up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils in the winning doc Pen License. Then little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script. With films from 10 countries, these shorts and so much more await you! Click here for full list of films in Kid Flicks 1

4pm - ¡Viva Kid Flicks!
(Ages 8+)

Celebrate Spanish-language and Latino-themed stories in shorts films from around the globe. Can a fabled stone offer another path for Matilde’s life on her Mexican rancho? And the choices we make at mealtime sometimes have a very big impact, especially for a seemingly picky eater with a lot more on his mind in the drama from Spain, Fish. The universal language of wizards bridges cultures from the UK to Cuba in the imaginative doc Spelliasmous. With films from 6 countries, you’ll experience moving stories and hear how Spanish stories from around the world have their own distinctive flair. Click here for full list of films. 

 

Tickets are good for both screenings.

 

Bird and Nature Walk: Brookfield Park

Curator Presents: Ken Greene and the Hudson Valley Seed Company

Smithsonian Museum Day!

Colin Jost / Michael Che Comedy Benefit Show

Bird and Nature Walk: Conference House Park

Family Art Workshop: Fruit and Veggie Prints

Bird and Nature Walk: Great Kills Park

Bird and Nature Walk: Great Kills Park

Super Science: Rocket Science

Summer Nights: 99 Bottles of Beer on SI - Home Brewing for Beginners

Staten Island Museum awarded prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Summer Nights: The Art of Henna

Family Art Workshop: Marker Monoprints

Summer Nights: Gotta Have That Funk - Intro to Fermentology

Super Science: Learning to Fly

Summer Nights: Return of the Mac

Moth Night

Summer Nights: Victorian Flower Pressing

Family Art Workshop: Tree Ring Print

Summer Nights: Eco-Friendly Jewelry Making

Contemporary Council

Contemporary Council

Be a part of the Museum’s Future!

The Contemporary Council is a group of culturally engaged Staten Islanders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who are ambassadors for the Museum.
The Council hosts events, connects new friends, and spreads the word about the Museum.

Grow your network and help shape the next big thing for the Staten Island Museum.

Join today and get involved in the Museum’s future!

What’s involved:

• Shape the next generation of Museum support
• Quarterly meetings (in person or by phone)
• Plan and support the Fall fundraising event
• Become a Contemporary Council Member ($125)

Your membership supports programs, exhibits, and the Museum’s collection. It includes:

• A Contemporary Council Membership Card
• Free admission and 10% off at the Museum store
• Invitations to meet-ups, events, and parties
• Discounted tickets to the annual fundraising gala

For more information contact Director of Development Christina Marino at 718.483.7114.

Colin Jost / Michael Che Comedy Benefit Show

Colin Jost / Michael Che Comedy Benefit Show

 

Colin Jost / Michael Che

Comedy Show to Benefit the Staten Island Museum

with special guests Steven Castillo, Melissa Villaseñor, Casey Jost, Sal Vulcano, and Brian Quinn

 

Thursday, September 19
8:00pm (Doorst at 7pm)

 

St. George Theatre
35 Hyatt Street
Staten Island, New York 10301

A Comedy Show to Benefit the Staten Island Museum starring Colin Jost and Michael Che, Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” co-anchors, plus special guests:

Steven Castillo, Melissa Villaseñor, Casey Jost, Sal Vulcano, and Brian Quinn.

 

$199 (pit), $99, $69, $49

*Student Tickets available, use code: SCHOOL
 

tickets

 

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by clicking the link above or by calling or visiting the St. George Theatre at 35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island, NY 10301 | 718.442.2900.

 

For VIP sponsorship opportunities please contact Christina Marino at 718.483.7114.

Bird and Nature Walk: Great Kills Park

Super Science: Life on a Log

Bird and Nature Walk: Mount Loretto Unique Area

Sitewide Event: BIG PICNIC

5 Boros to Freedom: Abolition in Staten Island with Debbie-Ann Paige

Summer Nights 2019

Summer Nights 2019

A series of hands-on events to create and have fun.

Thursdays 7pm - 9pm

$35/$30 Museum Members

Includes all materials, wine (21+), and refreshments.

 

Eco-Friendly Jewelry Making

July 11

Mix the old with the new and turn so-called “trash” into treasure! Artist Jocelyn Mackenzie will show you how to create stand-out pieces from found objects like old keys, stones, vintage or broken jewelry, recyclables, and more. Bring anything that you would like to “reimagine” into unique wearable jewelry. We will have all the tools and materials necessary. Each participant should leave with 2-3 new pieces of jewelry to wear home.

Victorian Flower Pressing

July 18

Preserve the beauty and grace of flowers with this Victorian tradition. Participants will explore the history and importance of this elegant craft while making and decorating their own flower press. Prior experience not required: This will be a fun workshop for novice flower-pressers and experts alike.

Return of the Mac: Macramé Plant Hangers

July 25

Macra-mania returns to upgrade your indoor greenery! Learn to make your own plant hangers in this beginner macramé class. No prior experience is needed. Artist Toni Salerno will demonstrate a few of her favorite knotting techniques and show participants how to create a new home for your favorite potted plant. Leave with a finished plant hanger, and the know-how to design more pieces on your own. All materials provided – including terracotta pot and succulent.

Gotta Have That Funk: Intro to Fermentology

August 1 

Explore the edible alchemy of fermentation in this beginner workshop. Fermentologist Andy Blancero will lead guests through recipes for kombucha and kimchi. Kombucha is a fizzy fermented tea rich in immunity-boosting probiotics and energizing B vitamins. Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. This workshop will cover the basic science behind making kimchi and kombucha and will equip guests with the know-how to do it at home. All materials provided.

The Art of Henna

August 8

Have you thought of learning how to apply henna? With the guidance of artist Rocky Lee, guests will try their hands at this unique form of body art while learning about the botanical and cultural importance of henna. Rocky will lead this hands-on workshop giving guests a real feel for the practice, from mixing the paste to application and design ideas. Each guest will leave with prepared henna, as well as a unique design from the artist.

99 Bottles of Beer on SI: Home Brewing for Beginners

August 15

Pour Standards, Richmond County Brew Society will help guests gain a deeper understanding of beer, its ingredients, and the process by which it’s made. Participants will explore the capabilities of The Grainfather, an innovative brewing system that mashes, recirculates, lauters, and boils without needing more space than a small closet. Enjoy an overview of Staten Island’s brewing history as well as the current status of this industry while sampling different local homebrews. This event if for 21 and over only.

 

 

Summer Nights is supported by the Richmond County Savings Foundation

Bird and Nature Walk: Buck’s Hollow

69th Annual Fence Show

69th Annual Fence Show

Saturday, September 28, 11am-5pm

(Rain Date: Sunday, September 29)

FREE

Each year, the Fence Show transforms the Museum’s front lawn into an outdoor gallery featuring over 140 local artists and craftspeople. See paintings, ceramics, prints, jewelry and textiles and take something original home from this longstanding festival. The day features food trucks, activities for kids, and live music by Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble.

Limited free parking is available on site, ample free street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. To access the East and West gates, we recommend parking on Snug Harbor Road, Kissel Avenue, Filmore Street, or Tysen Street. Snug Harbor can also be accessed through the South gate along Henderson Avenue at Brentwood Avenue.

Featured Artists

Mike Adamo, Arlene Ajello, James Alcorn, Bob Alverson, Kris Alverson, Herbert Alwais, Dominic Ambrose, Tamara Andreasyan, Cheryl Antonucci, Vito Armetta, Elizabeth Armetta, Allan Avidano, Meghan Joseph-Avidano, Arthur Backstrom, Rudy Baker, Natalie Baldassano, Danielle Barone, Victoria Bellinger, Marie Bernardi, Neil Besignano, Helen Bilotti, Alma Braisted, Larceria Brown, Elif Bryant, Patricia Calderon, Michelle Campos, Jessica Capuozzo, Mackenzi Perez-Castacio, Mafalda Cento, Lisa Marie Colandrea, Jerry Coppola, Michael Corace, Mary Carro, De Yos, Will Delaney, Antonio DeSantis, Marcella DeSio, Andrew Distefano, Hendryka Dottavio, Anna Dyba, Martin Eisenberg, Kevyn Fairchild, Ray Ferragano, Elle Finn, Debbie Fiorentino, Alyssa Fiorito, Jenya Frid, Alana Gilkeson, Beatriz Giraldo, Karen Goode, Dennis Green, Chris Gulbin, Michele Guttenberg, Ellen Day Hudson, Susan Ippolito, Milosz Jeziorski, Erik Johnson, Kristopher Johnson, Michelle Joseph, Jan Kablan, Tina Kaasmann-Dunn, Erica Keselman, William Kelly, Gene Kennish, Linda Klein, Robert Kodadek, Karen Ladley, Kay LaManna,  Paul Landgraf, Emily Long, Jackie Luv, Jennifer Macaluso, Kelly Marshall, Salvina Marsiglia, Annette Marten, Frank Matteo, Teresa Mayo, Marie Melloy, Karen McNamara, Gail Middleton, Benjamin Miller, Margaret Molinari, Brianna Monltalbano, Alice Morris, Bill Murphy, Anna Nadler, Emmanuel Noruwa, Carolyn O'Brien, Shirley Ostrega, Hiroko Otani, Rasputin Ovaltine, Megan Padovano, Robert Padovano, Jemma Parsons, Tatiana Parsons, Janice Patrignani, Andrea Phillips, Saint Phillips, Mildred Piccinnini, Joan Pinsker, Denny Pizzini, Irina Poludnenko, Ava Quinn, Jeannine Restucci, Sage Reynolds, Patricia Rondinelli, Linda Rossi, Ruben Ruiz, Colman Rutkin,  Margaret Sallemi, Victoria Salterelli, Diane Sassone, Liz Sblendido, Elizabeth Schade, Patricia Schwimer, Dennis Sheheen, Keri Sheheen, Anne Siemer, Valerie Shkymba-McAndrews, Carmel Simone, Carol Smith, Michelina Spinelli, William Thatcher, Lolita Trincere, Richard Trincere, Anne Tulimieri, Karen Uttaro, Frank Vaccaro, Victoria Vaughan, Jessica Velazquez, Elizabeth Volchok, Carolyn Weiss, Jean Wright, Elzbieta Wysoczanska, Richard Xuereb, Dennis Yanoski, Debbie Young, and Sarah Yuster.

Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble presents an open-air music festival during the event. The soundtrack to an extraordinary day will include classical chamber music, original commissions, jazz fusion jams, prog rock epics and performances by guest collaborators.

11:30 MCCE & WaFoo, Main Stage

12:30 MCCE, Bldg A

1:15 J. Brunka Project, Main Stage

2:15 MCCE String Trio, Bldg A

3:00 MCCE Electric Ensemble

 

Artist spaces are now sold out. Please contact Donna Pagano if you'd like to be added to the wait list. 

World Science Festival: The Ultimate Science Street Fair & Apprentice Program

Homegrown: Staten Island and the World of Botany

Family Art Workshop: Fairy Gardens

Bird and Nature Walk: Brookfield Park

Artist Talk: Gale Wisdom

Super Science: Self-Sustaining Aquarium

Bird and Nature Walk: Great Kills Park

Bird and Nature Walk: Mount Loretto Unique Area

Pride Kick-Off

Staten Island Museum Gala

Wildflower Walk: Corson’s Brook Woods

Bird and Nature Walk: Clove Lakes Park

Family Art Workshop: Seed Collagraphs

Bird and Nature Walk: Conference House Park

Homegrown: Staten Island and the World of Botany

Super Science: BioBlitz

Earth Day Celebration: How-To Festival

Imagination Studio: Printmaking

Earth Day Celebration: How-To Festival

Earth Day Celebration: How-To Festival

Saturday, April 27, 12pm - 4pm

Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A

Join the fun as the Museum transforms into a giant interactive science fair celebrating our community’s know-how with hands-on workshops, drop-in presentations, and scheduled lectures fun for all ages. Local experts, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals share their particular passions, ranging from activities that require highly specialized skills to those anyone can do. This Earth Day, learn something new and help protect the only world we have!

How-To Festival Schedule

Ongoing Workshops (drop-in anytime)

12:00-4:00pm - How to make the most successful seed starting mix (with Natalie Nowlen, NYC Compost Project)12:00-4:00pm - How to transform recycled bottles into planters (with Deborah Adewale, MakerSpace)
12:00-2:00pm - How to grow plants without soil (with Yemi Amu, Oko Farms)
12:00-4:00pm - How to be a butterfly whisperer (with Cooper Keane)
12:00-4:00pm - Earth Day Selfie Booth #EarthDaySI
12:00-4:00pm - How to press flowers in the Victorian tradition (with Shayna Vercillo)
12:00-4:00pm - How to make use of unexpected and familiar herbs (with Skye Suter)

Scheduled Presentations

12pm - How to keep bees (with Lenny Librizzi)
12pm - How to conduct a mini bio blitz (with Clay Wollney)
1pm - How to provide a home for rare grassland birds with reclaimed habitat (with Cait Field, Freshkills Park)
2pm - How to grow mushrooms at home (with Louis Vassar Semanchik)
3pm - How to identify rocks and minerals in your own backyard (with Steve Okulewicz)

Don’t miss the Native Plant Giveaways with the Greenbelt Native Plant Center and of course, plenty of plant-based refreshments!

In between workshops, stop by the Museum’s latest exhibition Field Notes: Seed Stories and the Power of Plants featuring artworks and seed histories from Hudson Valley Seed Company, documentary videos of Staten Island gardeners by Jay Weichun, photograms of local flora by Gale Wisdom, and museum botanical specimens selected by the Greenbelt Native Plant Center. 

Bird and Nature Walk: Wolfe’s Pond Park and Lemon Creek

Impractical Jokers: Homecoming

Impractical Jokers: Homecoming

Impractical Jokers: Homecoming

On view from July 13, 2018 through March 24, 2019

#JokersHomecoming

Get your exclusive Impractical Jokers: Homecoming merchandise, only available a the Staten Island Museum!

 

Impractical Jokers: Homecoming explores the story of four longtime friends from Staten Island whose hidden-camera, comedic television show, Impractical Jokers, has become a pop culture phenomenon. Steeped in embarrassment and awkward situations that make us laugh and cringe, the humor is built upon a foundation of trust and camaraderie amongst the four guys, James “Murr” Murray, Sal Vulcano, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Joe Gatto.

See original costumes, props and art created over the past seven seasons. View new interviews, episode highlights and learn about behind-the-scenes production, including some secrets. Take a journey with the Jokers from high school hijinks to mainstream comedic success that all started on the shores of Staten Island. Interactive surprises are found throughout the museum to make the Jokers’ exhibition experience as unexpected as the Impractical Jokers themselves.

This exhibition has been made possible, in part, through support from Lead Exhibition: Sponsor truTV, Partner Sponsor: North South Productions, and Contributing Sponsors: Office of the Staten Island Borough President Island Auto Group, and the SL Green Family Foundation.

Click here for more information and FAQs about visiting the Staten Island Museum.

Directions to the Staten Island Museum

Staten Island Museum is at 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, Staten Island, NY 10301

On the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

Directions From the Staten Island Ferry Terminal

Take the S40 bus via Ramp D for 2 miles and exit at Snug Harbor.

Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are also available at the terminal.

 

Where to Eat and Drink? 

 

On campus:

Harbor Eats

Walking distance from the Staten Island Museum:

Adobe Blues

Blue Restaurant

Crispy Pizza

Walking distance from the Staten Island Ferry:

Beso Restaurant

Chang Noi

Enoteca Maria

Flagship Brewery

Marie's 2

 

What else is there to do there?

 

On Campus:

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Art Lab

The Noble Maritime Collection

Staten Island Children's Museum

 

 

Where to Stay? 

Get the special Staten Island Museum - Impractical Jokers: Homecoming rate at the Hilton Garden Inn or the Hampton Inn & Suites! (while supplies last)

Guests must book by phone.

Hilton Garden Inn: 718.477.2400 (MENTION CODE "J7")

Hampton: 718.477.1600 (MENTION CODE "T7X") 

 

Other resources:

Visit Staten Island

Destination St. George

SILive Dine Out Guide

 

Sponsors

 

Field Notes: Seed Stories and the Power of Plants

Field Notes: Seed Stories and the Power of Plants

Field Notes: Seed Stories and the Power of Plants

An Exhibition of Projects Based in Art and Science

On view April 13, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Free with Museum Admission


Featuring artworks and seed histories from Hudson Valley Seed Company, documentary videos of Staten Island gardeners by Jay Weichun, photograms of local flora by Gale Wisdom, and museum botanical specimens selected by the Greenbelt Native Plant Center. These four projects explore the cultural, artistic, and scientific impact of collecting plant life. In doing so, they reveal narratives of resilience, fragility, and transformation. Field Notes speaks to the heritage embedded in the flora around us.

Visitors can zoom in to see a variety of seeds up close through a high powered microscope, immerse their hands in a mass of seeds for a tactile experience, design their own seed packet, listen to featured seed stories, and enjoy a seed and gardening book nook.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and public funds provided through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Related programs

AMERICAN GARDENS AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

Saturday, January 11, 2pm-3:30pm

FREE with Museum Admission

1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, SI, NY 10301

An exploration of Black Diasporan ornamental gardens and the growers, garden clubs, and horticulturists associated with them led by Staten Island based horticulturist Wambui Ippolito.

Wambui Ippolito is the horticulturist and principal designer of her own New York based landscape design firm. She is a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture.

 

FROM SEED TO SUPPER: Rice Tasting with Gullah Chef BJ Dennis

Thursday, January 16, 7pm-9pm

$35 per person (Registration required. Space is limited.)

1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, SI, NY 10301

Join renowned chef BJ Dennis in conversation with horticulturist Wambui Ippolito for an interactive exploration of the culinary traditions of the Gullah, a distinctive group of Black Americans from coastal South Carolina and Georgia. A series of rice tastings are matched with discussion around the history and culture of this all important seed and special link between the Gullah and the people of West Africa.

Benjamin “BJ” Dennis IV is a chef born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, whose cooking is inspired by Gullah Geechee culture, with its origins in West Africa. Dennis studied culinary traditions in St. Thomas before returning to the Lowcountry to cook at various restaurants including Anson’s, Carolinas, Hank’s Seafood, and 82 Queen. He now cooks at various events across the country and pop-up dinners across the Lowcountry.

Read more about Chef Dennis in Bon Appétite.

 

American Gardens and the African Diaspora and From Seed to Supper is funded, in part, through Staten Island Arts’ Expanding Audiences and Cultural Participation program, which has been made possible through the generosity of New York Community Trust, The Staten Island Foundation, and the Altman Foundation.

 

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

Take your seed exploration outdoors and join on neighbors on site for a garden or heritage farm tour!  Present your coupon fromthe Museum and receive $2 off your tour. 

Learn more here

Field Notes: Seed Stories and the Power of Plants

Field Notes: Seed Stories and the Power of Plants

Bird and Nature Walk: Bucks Hollow

Super Science: Alternative Plastics

Bird and Nature Walk: Clove Lakes Park

Access Art for All Sunday Art Studio: Romare Bearden Collage Workshop

Bird and Nature Walk: South Beach/Fort Wadsworth

Family Art Workshop: Eco-Mobiles

Super Science: Commonplace Chemistry