Upcoming Events Calendar

Aug
20
Sat
Here We Are: Young, Black, and Indigenous Women in the Art World
Aug 20 @ 12:00 PM – Dec 31 @ 5:00 PM

Image credit: Ify Chiejina

Here We Are: Young, Black, and Indigenous Women in the Art World is a showcase of five New York-based woman artists who share their art as an extension of themselves. Featuring work by Jaclyn Burke, Ify Chiejina, Jodi Dareal, Debbie Roxx, and Arrianna Santiago, Here We Are explores aspects of culture and identity, while centering the experiences of young, Black, and Indigenous artists working in a field where they rarely see themselves reflected.

On view: August 20 – December 31, 2022
Friday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art – Gallery G, Galleries 3 & 4

Opening Day Party: August 20, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Tickets here

Here We Are: Young Black and Indigenous Women in the Art World is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Julia Forrest: Transcendence
Aug 20 @ 12:00 PM – Dec 31 @ 5:00 PM

Using film photography and no digital manipulation, Julia Forrest poses nymph-like women in landscapes. Through mirrors, reflections, and forced perspective, Forrest creates an illusion in front of the lens. In Transcendence, a solo exhibition featuring new work by Forrest, seemingly docile subjects possess a mysterious power to move the landscape at will. Changing shape and scale, they pick up parts of the landscape while transforming it completely.

On view: August 20 – December 31, 2022
Friday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art – Gallery G, Galleries 1&2

Opening Day Party: August 20, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Tickets here

Julia Forrest is a Brooklyn based artist. She works strictly in film and prints in a darkroom she built within her apartment. Her own art has always been her top priority in life and in this digital world, she will continue to work with old processing. Anything can simply be done in photoshop, she prefers to take the camera, a tool of showing reality, and experiment with what she can do in front of the lens. Julia is currently working as a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Museum, Abrons Art Center, and USDAN Center. As an instructor, she thinks it is important to understand that a person can constantly stretch and push the boundaries of their ideas with whatever medium of art s/he chooses. Her goal is for her audience to not only enjoy learning about photography, but to see the world in an entirely new way and continue to develop a future interest in the arts.

Julia Forrest: Transcendence is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Kathy Westwater: PARK Ephemera
Aug 20 @ 12:00 PM – Dec 31 @ 5:00 PM

Image credit: Marina Zamalin

With PARK Ephemera, choreographer Kathy Westwater presents a collection of work emerging from PARK, her nearly fifteen-year choreographic inquiry into the site of the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, New York. Once the largest landfill in the world, the site is currently being transformed into a public park, a transition that Westwater has closely witnessed through her dance, somatic, and material practice.

On view: August 20 – December 31, 2022
Friday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art – Main Hall Gallery in Building C

Opening Day Party: August 20, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Tickets here

August 20, 2:00 PM, Main Hall Gallery: Opening day performance of The Collapsing Duets by Kathy Westwater
With dancers Ilona Bito, Marisa Clementi, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Glenn Potter-Takata, Rakia Seaborn, Nathalia Trogdon, Alexander Romania, and Lu Yim
With live music by Sean Meehan

Mining her current and previous years of accumulated research at the site, PARK Ephemera is a time-capsule of past performances and an earlier era of environmental remediation, presented as the first portion of parkland opens to the public in Spring 2023. The work explores how  environmental trauma, grief, and complicity can be collectively processed through the physical body and through dance. As a living archive, the exhibition brings together material spanning installation, sculpture, photography, video, poetry, and performance. With an eye to Fresh Kills’ hybrid composition of discarded, engineered, and natural materials, the exhibition engages embodied forms of making, unmaking, and making again.

As we continue to create landfills and sites like them, overwhelming the earth, Westwater probes the capacity of art to interrupt the individual and shared everyday rituals of throwing things away, to consider their destination. PARK Ephemera brings audiences into an intimate dialogue with waste matter, to imagine collective futures of regeneration.

In addition to her exhibition at the Newhouse Center, this Fall Westwater will present new performance research at Fresh Kills and Gibney Center in Manhattan.

Collaborating artists who have contributed to this work include: architect/visual artist Seung Jae Lee, photographers Anja Hitzenberger and Marina Zamalin, poet Jennifer Scappettone, videographers Mark Robison and Alexander Romania, musicians Sean Meehan and Tamio Shiraishi, and performers Ilona Bito, Marisa Clementi, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Alexander Romania, Rakia Seaborn, Stacy Lynn Smith, Glenn Potter-Takata, Nathalia Trogden, and Lu Yim, among others.

Kathy Westwater, described by the New Yorker as “an unconventional choreographer experiencing a surge of recognition” has choreographically pursued radical dance forms since 1996. Her work responds to the social landscape in which it manifests, often by taking up our most challenging experiences such as pain, as in her Bessie-nominated work Rambler, Worlds A Part (2019). With other major works she has explored the built environments of monuments (Anywhere, 2016) and landfills and parks (PARK, 2009-present); war and pain (Macho, 2008); intersections of human and animal culture (twisted, tack, broken, 2005); psycho-physical states of fear (Dark Matter, 2002); and interactive virtual environments (The Fortune Cookie Dance, 1999). Westwater is the recipient of the 2017 Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography, the first woman to receive the prize. She was born in Virginia, grew up in Kentucky, and lives in the Bronx, NYC.

PARK Ephemera is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

PARK is created with the support of a 2020-21 PASS/CUNY Dance Initiative residency at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden and the College of Staten Island made possible through generous lead support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, with additional support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Snug Harbor is a proud partner with the CUNY Dance Initiative. 

PARK is supported by Dance/NYC’s Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund in 2020 & 2022; and, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and the FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund.

It is developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center Residency program. 

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by The Freshkills Park Alliance.

Theatrical performances of PARK are commissioned by Gibney and curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa as part of the organization’s Gibney Presents series for the 2022-23 Season. This commission includes financial, residency, administrative, and production support.

Nov
10
Thu
Shinrin-Yoku United presents: Forest Bathing Nature Therapy (In-person walks)
Nov 10 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Forest therapy, also known as forest bathing, is a nature therapy based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku. It is an approach where you take the time to reconnect with nature, with your body, your senses, feelings and emotions. It has recently become one of the well appreciated techniques used to improve your mental health and wellness in an easy, well-accessible way.

WHEN:

Sunday, September 11: 9:30 AM
Sunday, September 18: 9:30 AM
Saturday, September 24: 9:30 AM
Thursday, September 29: 12:00 PM
Saturday, October 1: 9:30 AM
Sunday, October 9: 9:30 AM
Thursday, October 20: 12:00 PM
Sunday, October 30: 9:30 AM
Saturday, November 5: 9:30 AM
Thursday, November 10: 12:00 PM
Thursday, December 8: 12:00 PM
Sunday, December 11: 9:30 AM

WHERE: Meet at the RCSF Tuscan Garden for the start of the workshop, which will then proceed to the forest and Healing Garden on the south side of Snug Harbor.

ADMISSION: $40 per session | REGISTER HERE

Shinrin-Yoku forest therapy can help you to:
– Softly reduce stress and relieve anxiety
– Induce a gentle calm and clarity
– Increase creativity
– Refocus aspirations and refresh yourself

In-person walks will guide you through a series of meditative, mindful invitations, where you will start noticing through your senses the subtle beauty around and within you. These events are rain or shine.

Nov
12
Sat
Compost and Leaf Bag Distribution
Nov 12 @ 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is giving away FREE compost! Staff will be present to assist in loading up to two (2) 40-pound bags of compost into your vehicle, and lawn and leaf bags (minimum of 5 leaf bags). You must register here to receive compost and arrive at your selected time.

WHEN: November 12, December 3, 17 | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE: Snug Harbor’s P1 parking lot (located by the Red Barn and Tuscan Garden). Cars are suggested to enter from the East Gate off of Fillmore Street.

ADMISSION: FREE. Registration required here. You will not be given compost during this time if you have not registered.

Compost should be used as a soil amendment, not a replacement for soil. The proper ratio to use compost is 10% compost to 90% good soil. Using too much compost can actually harm your plant.

Compost is for NYC residents only. All registrants must show proof of ID upon entry; name on ID must match registration. Only one session registration is allowed per household; multiple-session registration will result in cancellation of all but one session. Businesses and commercial vehicles will not be served. If you are interested in larger volumes of compost, please contact us at compost@snug-harbor.org or call (718) 425-3520.

The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC’s soil by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.

Volunteer Day: Annuals Removal and Composting
Nov 12 @ 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Help prepare our gardens for the winter by removing annuals and tender perennials, adding compost, and turning the soil.  With the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor, learn why this is important for healthy plant growth, and for disease and insect resistance.

WHEN: November 12 | 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
WHERE: Meet at Visitor Info Booth at Snug Harbor, at Chapel Road and Gazebo Road
ADMISSION: Free | Registration requested

This event is organized by NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. For questions on this event, please contact compost@snug-harbor.org.

The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC’s soil by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.

Heritage Farm Stand Saturdays
Nov 12 @ 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Explore the fresh produce harvested from the Heritage Farm each Saturday from May to November at the Heritage Farm Stand!

WHEN: Saturdays from May 7 –  November 19 | 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

***Note: The Heritage Farm Stand on Saturday, October 1 will be cancelled due to a heavy rain forecast. We apologize for the inconvenience.***

WHERE: Gazebo Road (See our campus map for directions)

Check out our Heritage Farm Stand Thursdays and Sundays for more locally-grown goodness!

We accept SNAP/EBT and P-EBT. Learn about this week’s new crops and how to prepare them from our friendly and knowledgeable farm staff! Grown using organic techniques, this is the freshest produce you can find in Staten Island. Don’t forget to drop off your food scraps for the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor.  Heritage Farm Stands are rain or shine. 

Compost Tour and Tip
Nov 12 @ 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

See where we turn all that food waste into valuable compost! Join the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor for a tour of the Compost Demonstration Site. Get a behind-the scenes-look at our active windrow and learn how we processes organic waste from all over Staten Island into compost that supports soil health. Help out with tipping our compost toters into the active pile!

WHEN: November 12, December 3, 17 | 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
WHERE: Compost Demonstration Site
ADMISSION: Free | Register here

The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC’s soil by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.

Nov
13
Sun
Transcendence: Photographing with Mirrors Workshop
Nov 13 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Transcendence exhibiting artist Julia Forrest will guide you through an exciting workshop where you will learn about the process of using mirrors to create illusions in your photography and how to explore your own way of working with this technique.

WHEN: November 13 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Building G
ADMISSION:
General admission: $10 (includes gallery admission)
Student/Senior/Snug Harbor Member: $8

BUY TICKETS HERE

Forrest writes, “Mirrors have always been at the core of my practice. I have used a single mirror multiple times to create illusions within the landscape. Participants will try their hand on using reflection to warp and transform their soundings.”

This workshop will begin in the gallery and then move outdoors, so please dress in layers.

Julia Forrest is a Brooklyn based artist. She works strictly in film and prints in a darkroom she built within her apartment. Her own art has always been her top priority in life and in this digital world, she will continue to work with old processing. Anything can simply be done in photoshop, she prefers to take the camera, a tool of showing reality, and experiment with what she can do in front of the lens. Julia is currently working as a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Museum, Abrons Art Center, and USDAN Center. As an instructor, she thinks it is important to understand that a person can constantly stretch and push the boundaries of their ideas with whatever medium of art s/he chooses. Her goal is for her audience to not only enjoy learning about photography, but to see the world in an entirely new way and continue to develop a future interest in the arts.

Julia Forrest: Transcendence is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Nov
17
Thu
Here We Are: Virtual Film Screening of Your Labs Are Normal
Nov 17 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

On November 17, enjoy a virtual screening of the film Your Labs are Normal, written and co-directed by Rhisa Marie Parera. Parrera will talk to us about her artistic practice and what inspired her to write the film. After the screening, Parera and  Here We Are exhibiting artist Jaclyn Burke will moderate a question and answer session.

WHEN: November 17 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Virtual via Zoom
ADMISSION: Pay what you wish ($5-15 suggested) | Registration required to view

Here We Are: Young, Black, and Indigenous Women in the Art World is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.