Back to Eden: Upcoming Garden Themed Events at MOBIA

Naomi Reis Vertical Garden (Weeds), 2007 Acrylic and ink mixed-media collage on mylar 53 x 35 inches Collection of Katarina Maxianova and Aaron Hagedorn

Wed. July 23: Special Lecture with Juanli Carrión

Join artist Juanli Carrión tonight at 6:30pmat MOBIA. He will describe his current outdoor project in TriBeCa, Outer Seed Shadow #01, in which he interviewed individuals from various ethnic groups and countries, all of whom live in Manhattan, and each person elected a plant representing his or her origin to include in Carrión’s garden.

Attendance is free. Registration is suggested but not required. For more information, please call (212) 408-1500, or email

Mary Temple Preparatory drawing for North Wall, South Light, Garden, from the series Light Installations 2002-Present, 2014 Acrylic on existing architecture 12 1/2 x 13 ½ ft. Courtesy of the Artist and Mixed Greens, New York

Sun. July 27: Artist Talk: Mary Temple

Join Mary Temple this Sunday, July 27th, at 3pm as she discusses North Wall, South Light, Garden, the light installation she created this year for MOBIA.

Attendance is free. Registration is suggested but not required. For more information, please call (212) 408-1500, or email

Tues. August 5: Planting the Seed: The Garden as Symbol in Contemporary Art

From Japanese rock gardens, to medieval cloistered gardens, to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the garden has held symbolic meaning across cultures and throughout history. Join Back to Eden curator Jennifer Scanlan and artists Naomi Reis and Lina Puerta, on August 5th at 6:30pm, in a special tour of the exhibition and discussion about the symbolic meanings of the garden in the exhibition and in the artists’ work.

Attendance is free. Registration is required. For more information, please call (212) 408-1500, or


James Beard Foundation Honors Bronx Community Gardener

The James Beard Foundation announced the recipients of its 2014 Leadership Awards. Karen Washington, Urban Farmer, Community Activist, and former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, was honored for her leadership in establishing urban gardens throughout the Bronx, and her advocacy of community gardens and green jobs.

Karen Washington

Karen Washington

Other honorees included Mark Bittman, New York Times journalist and advocate of a better food system; Ben Burkett, president of the National Family Farm Coalition and State Coordinator of Mississippi for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, for his support of the American family farm, and advocacy of the individual’s right to wholesome food, clean water, air, and land; Navina Khanna, Movement Strategy Center Fellow, for her activism in food justice and ecologically sound food systems; and Michael Pollan, author and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, for his continued coverage of issues including sustainable agriculture, nutrition, animal welfare, and farm policy.

The awards presentation will be part of the James Beard Foundation’s fifth annual Food Conference, Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?, taking place on October 27 and 28 at Convene Conference Center, 730 Third Ave., NYC.

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Events: Gardening with the Museum of Biblical Art

Experience an interactive urban garden in downtown Manhattan representative of the city’s multi-culturalism. Artist Juanli Carrión and his collaborators at Outer Seed Shadow #01 drew inspiration from their interviews with 40 individuals from various ethnic groups and countries, asking each individual to select a plant to include in their garden project. Open Garden session participants will meet with the artist for an introduction to the garden and actively tend to the plants with the assistance of two professional gardeners.

This exciting program will be on Saturday, July 19th, from 2 to 4pm. It will be held at Duarte Square Park in Tribeca.

Maximum 10 participants. Attendance is free. Registration is required. For more information, please call (212) 408-1500, or email 

MOBIA is an independent museum committed to engaging diverse audiences in the exploration of great works of art – from ancient to contemporary – inspired by the Bible. Contributions from our generous donors enable the Museum to organize a variety of engaging exhibitions and programs.