Staten Island Snug Harbor’s Spring 2019
2019 Spring Events
Opening reception: March 2, 2019 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Buildings C & G)
Heal the Man in order to Heal the Land: artwork by Tattfoo Tan On display March 2 – December 29, 2019
Heal the Man in order to Heal the Land explores how spirituality manifests itself out of the connections between internal experience and the material world. How can we connect with nature in a society that continues to give primacy to disposability and mass-consumption? How do we move away from a mindset of scarcity to one of collaboration? How can we be transformed from the egocentric “i” to the love supreme “I AM”? In this work, artist Tattfoo Tan uses participatory prompts, games and affirmations to engage you in the play of the universe. Let the process begin.
Exhibition Events and Programs
All events and programs take place in the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in Buildings C & G
Opening Reception: Sat, March 2 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Admission: Free
Chakra Healing with Mantra lead by Eros Romero: Sat, March 16 | 11:00 AM | $10
Silent Meditation Sleepover with Thupten Phuntsok (in collaboration with The Jacques Marchais
Museum of Tibetan Art): April 19 – 20 | 8:00 PM – 12:00 PM | $30
Divine Feminine with Erin Sickler: Sat, May 18 | 11:00 AM | $10
Connecting to Dreams with Healing Plants with Liz Neves of Gathering Ground: Sat, June 8 | 11:00 AM |
Group Breath-work Session with Ambrose Gage: July 20| 11:00 AM | $10
Adults Soul Painting Ceremony with Bianca Dominguez: August 17| 11:00 AM | $10
NERTM Syllabus Book Launch: September 21 | 11:00 AM | $10
Staten Island based artist Tattfoo Tan’s practice focuses on issues relating to ecology, sustainability and healthy living. His work is project-based, ephemeral and educational in nature. Tan has exhibited at venues including the Queens Museum of Art, Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts, Parsons the New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Wave Hill, Macalester College, Ballroom Marfa, Creative Time, Project Row Houses, and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. Tan’s projects have been presented by the Laundromat Project, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for the Arts program, and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program. His work has been published by Gestalten and Thames and Hudson.
In My Element: Photography by Gail Middleton & Mike Shane On display March 2 – May 5, 2019 Gallery Talk and Tour – April 6, 2019 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
In My Element is a combined show of two photographers who are separated in age by several decades but who both gravitate to capturing photos of four basic elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Gail Middleton can always be found in solitary locations, appreciating the happenstance of nature and trying to capture a moment in time to reflect the passing beauty. Mike Shane is a kinetic searcher whose interaction with people and elements are breathtaking. Their combined images will make you think, transport you to a place of beauty and wonderment, or just capture you with an almost impossible combination of perceived movement.
Paul Campbell, Selected Works 1999-2019 On display March 2 – May 5, 2019 Gallery Talk and Tour – May 5, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
This exhibition surveys the work of NYC-based painter Paul Campbell, spanning from 1999-2019. Since 1998, Campbell has used remote control toys, spiky plastic balls, string, GPS tracks, and other nonconventional tools to create works that simultaneously pay homage and parody the great abstract painters of the past. He combines non-traditional and traditional painting methods to create hybrid images. Although the works are abstract in appearance they often suggest elements of nature, fireworks, portals into some unknown world, and influences of other cultures and traditions. They represent movement and are a metaphor for connections that exist in our everyday lives. Paul Campbell’s work has been exhibited extensively in the US and abroad. He has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the Danforth Museum, the Rose Art Museum, Site Santa Fe, and Lesley Heller Workspace Gallery in New York.
All exhibits and programs are located in the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Buildings C & G). Admission is $5 ($4 students/seniors). Free for students grades 6-12 with student ID. Spring – Autumn hours are Thurs-Fri 12:00 – 7:00 PM and Sat – Sun 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
NEWHOUSE AFTER DARK
odon: the map that revealed itself never existed Thursday, April 25 | Doors open at 7:00 PM | Performance begins 8:00 PM Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art Admission: $10 | Snug Harbor Members: $8 Buy tickets at snug-harbor.org/newhouseafterdark
odon plays music to find the song that is already there or needs bringing into existence. We believe the system is working perfectly. We seek to undo this perfection collectively and horizontally through letting go of its form.
Music by Carl Gallagher Thursday, May 23 | Doors open at 7:00 PM | Performance begins 8:00 PM Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art Admission: $10 | Snug Harbor Members: $8 Buy tickets at snug-harbor.org/newhouseafterdark
For the Newhouse After Dark series, Carl Gallagher will perform a combination of new and/or reworked original compositions in the Main Hall, some solo and some with a small combo. The show will focus on electric and steel guitar and will be all instrumental. The musical arrangements will be tailored specifically to the aim of making the best use of the natural sound of the room, and the show will be recorded live to a 1/4” analog tape machine with the intent of being released free online.
PASS: PERFORMING ARTS SALON SATURDAYS
PASS: Within tragedy lies the serpent of creation Saturday, April 13 | 6:00 PM reception | 7:00 PM performance, followed by a brief Q & A Room G201 – The Dance Center | Building G Admission: $10 | Snug Harbor Member: $8 | Buy tickets via snug-harbor.org/pass
Sadness is a wicked serpent coiled up in the dark. It can kill itself with its own venom and also, crawl, stretch, climb, sway, dance, shed skin, and transform. Is suffering a harborer of our creative powers? Do we live in it on purpose?
Note from choreographer/performer Anjoli Chadha: On my daily commute and in my travels, I often see suffering in the faces and bodies around me. I shake off or stretch out the weight I feel in my back and neck when seeing a woman with no home, hunched over her wagon with the weight of her coat and bags. Seeing the everyday personal suffering and how we are victims of our personal stories is very evocative for me—not just why we suffer, but how some of us choose to stay in suffering.
PASS: Private Inventory or No Health Insurance Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 PM reception | 7:00 PM performance, followed by a brief Q & A Room G201 – The Dance Center | Building G Admission: $10 | Snug Harbor Member: $8 | Buy tickets via snug-harbor.org/pass
Created and performed by Londs Reuter and friends, Private Inventory or No Health Insurance is a thinking, moving, and writing-it-down practice that looks more at what choreographs us than what we choreograph. Private Inventory attempts to translate non-verbal embodied self-knowledge acquired through dancing into the written record. From movement practices, we generate writings, surveys, anecdotes, and charts to map out the particularities and generalities of a dancing body. Private Inventory or No Health Insurance assumes that there is no normative body and that we’re all carving out unique ways of moving through the world at all times.
About PASS: Performing Arts Salon Saturdays PASS is a curated performance series that takes place at Snug Harbor’s Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and Dance Center. The salon’s focus is on original works in performing arts (music, dance, theater, and multi-media) in different stages of development. This works-in-progress are the culmination of a one-month residency at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. PASS is curated by Melissa West, Vice President of Curation.
Glass House Walk Saturday, March 9 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Meet at Visitor Information Booth General admission: $15 | Student/Senior: $12 | Snug Harbor Member: $10 Tickets via snug-harbor.org/horticulture-events
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Carl Grillo Glass House, where the Horticulture Department propagates plants for our seasonal displays and which has been closed to the public for several years. Visit the aquaponics and tropical areas, including our giant yellow stripe bamboo. You’ll even get the chance to propagate a plant to savor the thrill of Snug Harbor throughout the coming season. This event is rain or shine.
Flowering Tree and Shrub Walk Saturday, April 13 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Meet at Visitor Information Booth General admission: $10 | Student/Senior/Snug Harbor Member: $8 Tickets via snug-harbor.org/horticulture-events
The magnolias, cherry blossoms, mahonia, jasmine, and redbud flourish in our unique NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden. Come see the glory of the NYCSG in the spring and learn about the long-standing horticultural tradition that seeks to find beauty in all seasons. Your tour tickets include admission to the New York Chinese Scholars Garden for the rest of the day after the walk. This event is rain or shine.
Balancing Yin and Yang: The place of Chinese philosophy in garden construction Sunday, April 21 | Presentations at 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Meet at Visitor Information Booth General admission: $12 | Student/Senior: $8 | Snug Harbor Member: $10 Tickets via snug-harbor.org/horticulture-events
What are the secrets and principles that lie behind the design of traditional Chinese gardens? Why is the water in the garden green and not clear? What are there bat-shaped door fittings? In this talk, we’ll explore how yin and yang and other ideas from ancient Chinese wisdom books like The Book of Changes and the Dao De Jing are embodied within the garden, and get a sense of how the traditional Chinese worldview is brought to life within its walls. After the presentation, we will tour the garden to see these ideas in action!
Plant Sale Snug Harbor Members Only: Friday, May 3 | 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM General Public: Saturday, May 4 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Perennial Garden and Carl Grillo Glass House lawn
Your garden will be the envy of the block with the Plant Sale’s hard-to-find annuals and hardy perennials, including herbaceous peonies, various iris species, and cultivars. Many plants will be suitable for outdoor containers. Snug Harbor horticulturalists will be available to help with plant selections, to
give professional advice, and answer questions. The NYC Compost Project will give away 15-pound bags of compost while supplies last. Your Plant Sale purchases will help fund Snug Harbor’s horticulture program and beautiful botanical gardens. This event is rain or shine.
Peony Walk Saturday, May 4 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Meet in front of the Visitor Information Booth General admission: $10 | Student/Senior/Snug Harbor Member: $8 Tickets via snug-harbor.org/horticulture-events
Valued for their exquisite color, fragrance, and form, Chinese tree peonies are unmatched in sensuality and beauty. Tour Snug Harbor’s Chinese tree peony collection and learn why these flowers have inspired gardeners, artists, and poets for over a thousand years. Your tour tickets include admission to the New York Chinese Scholars Garden for the rest of the day after the walk. This event is rain or shine.
Spring Flowers Walk Thursday, May 16: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Saturday, May 18: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Meet in front of the Visitor Information Booth General admission: $10 | Student/Senior/Snug Harbor Member: $8 Tickets via snug-harbor.org/horticulture-events
Visit Snug Harbor at its most beautiful! We’ll walk through the Perennial, White, and Pond gardens, exploring our spring flowering bulbs and perennials and learning about their origins and significance with Snug Harbor’s Director of Horticulture, Greg Lord and professional horticulturalist Wambui Ippolito. This event is rain or shine.
NYC COMPOST PROJECT
Compost 101 Saturday, March 9 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Meet at Compost Demo Site | Free admission
What is compost? How do I make it? Do I need a bin? Do I need worms? This workshop will introduce you to compost, how it’s made, and what to do with it when it’s done.
Garden Get-Together Saturday, March 16 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Meet in Building P Lobby | Free Admission
Learn more about starting, growing, or joining a community garden! NYC Parks GreenThumb and the NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden have partnered to provide a gathering of community greening organizations and community members to provide information and make connections.
Choose the Right Bin for You Saturday, April 13 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Meet at Compost Demo Site | Free admission
There are many ways to compost, and many types of compost bins: big bins, small bins, short bins, tall bins! Does it need to have a lid? Can I keep it by my house? Can I make my own? You have questions. We have answers.
Compost Tea and Compost Extract Saturday, May 11 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Meet at Compost Demo Site | Free admission
Learn how to make a little compost go a long way! Do you know the difference between compost extract and compost tea? Find out during this workshop. Let us introduce you to the many easy ways to support soil life and plant health with compost. We will walk you through a simple DIY compost tea brewing system that will cost under $25 and give you tips on making and applying both compost tea and compost extract properly.
Turn & Learn Compost Work Days March 9, 26 | April 13, 23 | May 11, 28 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Meet at Compost Demo Site | Free admission
The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learn will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you help us make compost, you can take compost. Please bring your own container. Please note this is a volunteer event and not a pick-up event. You must volunteer at the work day to receive compost. Supplies may be limited. Registration is strongly recommended.
Master Composter Certificate Program Application deadline: March 31, 2018
The NYC Compost Project Master Composter Certificate Program is an advanced composting course that trains New Yorkers every year to support, develop, and maintain community-based composting projects across all five boroughs. The course covers soil, decomposition, compost science, how to design and build a variety of compost systems suitable for urban areas, and more.
The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to make and use compost locally. Learn more: www.nyc.gov/compostproject