Noguchi Museum Community Day Sunday, May 20th, 2012


Sunday, May 20, 2012, 11am-4pm     FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY

Why are we posting about an art museum’s community day?

Because they will have many interesting environmental activities, talks and films!

Community Day Activities:

  • Ivy Clippings from the Garden Wall      Take home a clipping from the curtain of ivy that covers Museum’s beloved garden wall, which will undergo restoration in 2013. Take two clippings, and bring one back to the Museum next spring, once work on the wall is completed.
  • Make a Planter     Use recycled materials to create a pot in which to hold your ivy clippings
  • Document the Day with The Sketchbook Project     Contribute a page to a communal sketchbook, which will be entered into the collection of The Sketchbook Project, and will be available for viewing at their Brooklyn storefront space. For more information on The Sketchbook Project, visit their website at

Presentations take place in the garden tent, from 12-2pm, and then again from 3-4pm. The
presentations from 12-1pm may be of interest to families as well as other visitors. There will be no
talks from 2-3pm; please join us for the 2pm public tour of the Museum.
See the second page of this agenda for information about the day’s presentations.Films
All films will be shown in the Museum’s screening room, on the first floor of the Museum. This
screening room generally features the hour-long documentary Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper; this
film will be shown from 4-6pm on Community Day.

  • 12:00 PM     Clare Doyle, Vice President, Green Shores NYC: Extreme Recycling.  Can the efforts of some dedicated individuals actually make a difference to the planet? Learn about the projects of New Yorkers who push the boundaries of what the city allows them to recycle.
  • 12:30 PM
  • Center for Urban Pedagogy: Sewer in a Suitcase.  New York City uses over one billion gallons of water every day. What happens to it after we’ve used it? CUP’s Sewer in a Suitcase demystifies the hidden workings of New York City’s water infrastructure by following the journey water takes beyond the drain.
  • 1:00 PM     Cara Chart, City Growers: Green Roofs.  Learn about green roofs, how they help the environment, and what it is like to farm on a city roof. City Growers connects urban communities with agriculture, food, and environment through farm education and advocacy in order to foster a culture of health and sustainability. It is the sister organization to Brooklyn Grange, a 1-acre organic rooftop farm located on Northern Blvd in Long Island City.
  • 1:30 PM     Lynne Serpe, Greening Libraries Initiative, QPL, and Steering Committee member, Two Coves Community Garden:  Gardening in Public Spaces.  Join Lynne for a look at how communities can use public spaces to create shared gardens.
  • 3:00 PM     Erik Baard, Community Activist: Restoring Heritage Trees to Queens.  The Newtown Pippin project has planted hundreds of apple trees in New York City. Erik Baard, the organizer of this initiative, is now expanding his work to bring other heritage trees back to Queens. Learn about the plants that grew here, disappeared, and are making their return.
  • 3:30 PM     Bill Logan, Urban Arborist and Author: Air.  The author of Dirt: Ecstatic Skin of the Earth and Oak: The Frame of Civilization will share ideas from his newest book, Air, which explores the role air plays in recycling organic matter.


  • 11:15 AM    City of Water     This documentary illuminates the challenges faced today by urban planners and waterfront advocates as the New York/New Jersey waterfront is redeveloped. Directed by Jasper Goldman and Loren Talbot of the Municipal Art Society and produced by Roland Lewis of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. (30 minutes)
  • 11:45 AM     Art21: Ecology     How is our understanding of the natural world deeply cultural? The “Art in the Twenty-First Century” documentary “Ecology” explores these questions in the work of the artists Robert Adams, Mark Dion, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Art in the 21st Century is a PBS series, educational resource, archive, and history of contemporary art.
  • 12:45 PM     DIRT! The Movie     Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, This movie takes you inside the wonders of soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility, from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. Directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow
  • 2:20 PM     The City Dark     Is darkness becoming extinct? When filmmaker Ian Cheney moves from rural Maine to New York City and discovers streets awash in light and skies devoid of stars, he embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners, asking astronomers, cancer researchers and ecologists what is lost in the glare of city lights.

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