Upcoming Events Calendar

Jul
29
Sat
Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion
Jul 29 @ 12:00 PM – Dec 31 @ 5:00 PM

Photo credit: Michael McWeeney

Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion – the first major contemporary fashion exhibition on Staten Island – is a community-driven exploration of what people wear and why, in relation to personal and local identity. The exhibition is a visual and material manifestation of memories and experiences of Staten Island collected and commissioned by guest curators Jenna Rossi-Camus and Alexis Romano, who grew up on Staten Island.

Exhibition on view: July 29-December 31, 2023
Gallery Hours: 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
Admission: $5 | Student/Senior: $4 | Snug Harbor Member: Free | GALLERY ADMISSION HERE

Opening Day: July 29, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Opening Day Admission: Pay what you wish! $5-15 suggested | OPENING DAY TICKETS HERE

Photo credit: Michael McWeeney

In a series of thematic installations of garments and photography, Staten Island Mode highlights dress as central to modes of being and practices of self-fashioning. The exhibition is not only a showcase of the variety and diversity of the dressed identities of Staten Islanders, but also the outcome of a curatorial experiment whereby a series of open calls for participation generated an archive of the unexpected that inherently addresses broader questions about what it means to be a Staten Islander and how perceptions and lived realities differ.

Photo credit: Michael McWeeney

The exhibition unfolds over four rooms that adopt different approaches to collecting and interpreting dress – honoring individual stories as well as the presence of fashion design and retailing on Staten Island. The different spaces invite visitors to consider the role that dress plays in their own lives, and to reflect on the ways in which clothing is valuable in our closets, in our memories and in spaces devoted to the display of art and design.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog as well as a dynamic series of public events throughout its run from July 29 to December 31, 2023.

Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Staten Island Mode: Identity, Memory, Fashion is made possible by a DCLA Art Fund Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Aug
19
Sat
THE WORLD WHICH IS MADE OF OUR LOVE by Catherine Cullen
Aug 19 @ 12:00 PM – Nov 19 @ 5:00 PM

Introspective in the extrospective arena, these sculptures continue the artist’s meditations on the inter-relatedness of humans and the natural world. Giantess Awakening, carved limestone, dreams regeneration on one side, streams the stars and rivers on the other. Reindeer Mother, welded steel, is an homage to the mythic Meandash, a Sami shaman woman who shapeshifts between human, animal and cosmic realms.

WHEN: August 19, 2023 – November 19, 2023
WHERE: North Meadow Lawn near the Neptune Fountain

This exhibition is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support made possible by a DCA Premier Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Sep
8
Fri
Heritage Farm Stand Fridays
Sep 8 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Explore the fresh produce harvested from the Heritage Farm each week!

WHEN: Fridays, June 2 – October 13, 2023 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

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

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

Learn about this week’s new crops and how to prepare them from our friendly and knowledgeable 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. 

Sep
9
Sat
Compost Processing Workday
Sep 9 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Learn how to produce compost at home, how to mix your greens and browns into your compost pile, and the importance of reducing food waste through composting practices. Work alongside the NYC Compost Project hosted at Snug Harbor to get hands-on knowledge of composting!

WHEN: July 22, August 5, September 9 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
WHERE: Meet at Compost Demo Site at Snug Harbor (View site map here)
ADMISSION: Free | Registration requested 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.

Tree Stewardship
Sep 9 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Trees need your love and respect!  Volunteer with the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor to help mulch trees. You’ll be working with our Compost Ambassadors, who can tell you all about compost and composting in your community!

WHEN: September 30 | October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | November 5, 12, 19
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE: Compost Demonstration Site at Snug Harbor, near the Heritage Farm and red barn

ADMISSION: Free | Registration requested here

Mulching with compost allows for moisture conservation by slowing evaporation and increasing the organic matter that can hold water.  Mulching also keeps temperatures more even, protecting your tree’s roots as we move through the seasons.  As the compost mulch decomposes, it improves soil fertility and structure. The nutrition in the compost releases slowly, giving roots delicious food through the season.  Of course, mulch also helps reduce unwanted plant growth around the base of the tree, reducing competition for that nutritious soil.

This is a great event for all ages and abilities!  We encourage every volunteer to bring your food scraps to our food scrap drop-off, so we can make more compost. Prepare to take home some compost to mulch your own trees.

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.

This program is made possible with funding provided by the New York City Council through A Greener NYC, a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Snug Harbor thanks the Staten Island City Council Delegation for their generous allocations. This program is also funded by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

Events on April 28, April 29, May 28, and June 24 are also supported by AGNYC and New York State Pollution Prevention Institution.

This program is also made possible in part with funding provided by the NYC Service Civic Impact capacity building grant.

Heritage Farm Stand Saturdays
Sep 9 @ 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Explore the fresh produce harvested from the Heritage Farm each week!

WHEN: Saturdays, May 6 – October 14, 2023 | 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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

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

Learn about this week’s new crops and how to prepare them from our friendly and knowledgeable 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. 

Pig Island NYC BBQ Picnic
Sep 9 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Pig Island NYC is back for its 14th year and returning to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens on Staten Island for the 4th year in a row.

WHEN: September 9, 2023 | 11:00 AM (VIP Entry) 12:00 PM ( General Admission) – 4:00 PM

WHERE: South Meadow

Admission:
General admission: $65
Student/Senior: $55
VIP: $85 | BUY TICKETS HERE

More than 20 chefs will come together for this pork-laden festival and compete for the most delicious porcine dishes. There will also be craft beer, hard cider, spirits and other food offerings – all-included with a general admission or VIP ticket

NYC Compost Project and Heritage Farm Tour
Sep 9 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

For healthier soil and healthier food… Compost! See where we turn all that food waste into precious compost! Join the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor for a tour of our compost site and celebrate Compost Awareness Week with New York State.

WHEN: May 7 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
July 8, September 9 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

WHERE: Compost Demonstration Site at Snug Harbor (view site map and directions here)

ADMISSION: FREE | Registration requested here

Find out about how compost is made across the City, see different compost systems, and learn how we can turn this environmental threat into an environmental resource. Stick around for a tour of the Heritage Farm, a 2.5 acre production farm here at Snug Harbor. Learn more about urban farming, sustainable agriculture, the importance of food access, and different farming techniques.

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.

This program is made possible in part with funding provided by the New York City Council through A Greener NYC, a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Snug Harbor thanks the Staten Island City Council Delegation for their generous allocations.

This program is also made possible in part with funding provided by the NYC Service Civic Impact capacity building grant.

Tree Stewardship
Sep 9 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Trees need your love and respect!  Volunteer with the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor to help mulch trees. You’ll be working with our Compost Ambassadors, who can tell you all about compost and composting in your community!

WHEN: October 7, 14, 21, 28 | November 4, 11, 18
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

WHERE: Compost Demonstration Site at Snug Harbor, near the Heritage Farm and red barn

ADMISSION: Free | Registration requested here

Mulching with compost allows for moisture conservation by slowing evaporation and increasing the organic matter that can hold water.  Mulching also keeps temperatures more even, protecting your tree’s roots as we move through the seasons.  As the compost mulch decomposes, it improves soil fertility and structure. The nutrition in the compost releases slowly, giving roots delicious food through the season.  Of course, mulch also helps reduce unwanted plant growth around the base of the tree, reducing competition for that nutritious soil.

This is a great event for all ages and abilities!  We encourage every volunteer to bring your food scraps to our food scrap drop-off, so we can make more compost. Prepare to take home some compost to mulch your own trees.

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.

This program is made possible with funding provided by the New York City Council through A Greener NYC, a program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Snug Harbor thanks the Staten Island City Council Delegation for their generous allocations. This program is also funded by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute.

Events on April 28, April 29, May 28, and June 24 are also supported by AGNYC and New York State Pollution Prevention Institution.

This program is also made possible in part with funding provided by the NYC Service Civic Impact capacity building grant.

African Film Festival: Screening of With Peter Bradley + Botanical Art Workshop with Xenobia Bailey
Sep 9 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The African Film Festival is joining up with Snug Harbor for a day of art and film as we present a botanical craft workshop led by acclaimed artist Xenobia Bailey and a screening of the documentary film With Peter Bradley.

WHEN: September 9 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
WHERE: Gazebo Lawn behind Building K at Snug Harbor (View campus map and directions here)
Rain location: Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Gallery G
ADMISSION:
Botanical Craft Workshop: Free | Space is limited–pre-registration required here

6pm – Botanical Craft Workshop

Combining a range of cultural and experiential influences—including her mother’s skill of upcycling found materials into home décor and her own education in industrial design—Xenobia Bailey has become well known for her large-scale crocheted mandalas. In this workshop, Bailey leads guests in the creation of bouquets made from recycled paper. At the end of the workshop, each piece will be used to create a still life photo. Each participant is welcome to take their creation home in a recycled glass bottle which will serve as a vase.

8pm – Screening of With Peter Bradley
The screening of With Peter Bradley takes place at sunset on the Gazebo Lawn. Bring a blanket to sit in the grass and watch the movie under the stars!

Directed by Alex Rappoport / USA / 2023 / 86mins / Documentary

When filmmaker Alex Rappoport met then-79-year-old abstract artist Peter Bradley in the winter of 2020, Bradley hadn’t sold many paintings nor had a major show in over four decades – yet he still painted every day in a shipping container studio heated by a wood stove. Over time, the pair recorded Peter’s fascinating story, seemingly overlooked in art history. Bradley was the first Black haute art dealer in New York; likely the first Black abstract artist represented by a major New York gallery; and curator of what is considered the first integrated modern art show in America. Talented, willful and arrogant, Bradley lived life to its fullest – until he fell upon hard times in the 1980s that nearly ended his career.

At once an intimate portrait and a deep study of creative process, With Peter Bradley is situated entirely at the artist’s rural home and studio, and unfolds over the course of changing seasons. The sole figure on screen, Bradley narrates his life in a series of conversations: often provocative, sometimes bitter, and full of surprises. We meet the artist at a critical juncture – deeply committed to the expressive power of color, painting gorgeous pictures at a prolific pace, but without an audience to appreciate them. Despite this lack of recognition, the film is buoyed by Peter’s exuberant spirit and warm sense of humor.

African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is dedicated to advancing an enhanced understanding of African culture through the moving image. It offers diverse platforms for the wide distribution of African media through its flagship annual film festival and complementary year-round programming. AFF is committed to increasing visibility and recognition for African media artists by introducing African film and culture to a broad range of audiences in the United States and abroad, bypassing economic, class and racial barriers. In 1990, AFF’s founders established goals that continue to enrich the organization mission and organizational development: To use African cinema to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of African arts, literature and culture; To develop an audience for African films; To expand the opportunities for the distribution of African films in the United States and abroad.