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 23, 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

Curator Presents: Ken Greene and the Hudson Valley Seed Company

Sunday, September 22, 2pm-3:30pm

Location: Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, SI, NY 10301

Free with Museum Admission

Join Ken Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Company, for an interactive gallery talk and seed-eye-view of several pieces featured in Field Notes: Seeds Stories and the Power of Plants.

Various hands-on activities will bring guests closer to artwork and seed stories that inspired them.


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. 

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