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.
 
 
Join us for some fun programs related to Field Notes!
 
Earth Day Celebration: How-To Festival
Saturday, April 27, 12pm-4pm • FREE with Museum Admission
Join us as we transform the museum into a giant classroom celebrating citizen science! Hands-on workshops, drop-in presentations, and scheduled lectures take place throughout the museum. Local experts, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals share their particular passions, ranging from activities that require highly specialized skills to those anyone can do. Celebrate our community’s know-how, learn something new, and help protect the only world we have.
 
 
 
Family Art Workshop: Seed Collagraphs
Saturday, May 4, 1pm-3pm • FREE with Museum Admission
Seeds from different plants differ in size and shape too. Grouped together, these seeds can create compelling designs and patterns. Create a seed collage and then experiment with making prints or rubbings of your design. To register visit the Event page at StatenIslandMuseum.org. Supported in part by Lily Auchincloss Foundation.
 
 
 
Artist Talk: Gale Wisdom
Sunday, May 26, 2pm-3:30pm • FREE with Museum Admission
Join artist Gale Wisdom for a hands-on lecture as she unpacks the process and inspiration behind her work in the current exhibition Field Notes: Seed Stories and the Power of Plants. Participants will explore camera-less photography by making prints with collected flora. 
 
 
 
 
Homegrown: Staten Island and the World of Botany
Sunday, June 2, 2pm-3pm • FREE with Museum Admission
Join botanist Ed Toth and friends as they spotlight Staten Island’s importance in the world of botany and botanical exploration from the 19th century into present day.