Museum Futures No. 2: Beyond the Vitrine, Across the Street and With the Security Guard

The second issue of Museum Futures, Beyond the Vitrine, Across the Street and With the Security Guard, is a collection of essays, artworks and stories exploring the overlooked and varied spaces of the contemporary museum. We asked contributors to question what museums could and should be and to consider how practices outside of museum culture inform its present and future.

Postcard from Sara Velas
Postcard from Sara Velas

Museum of Post Natural History, Richard Pell
Museum of Post Natural History, Richard Pell

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Treasures of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Angie Jennings
Treasures of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Angie Jennings
Image: Sara Velas
Image: Sara Velas

The Almost Island

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The Almost Island is a coloring book exploring the forgotten histories of Hunter’s Point South in Queens, NY from the perspective of the land itself; a transformation from salt marsh to bustling transportation hub, from rewilded forest to luxury housing development. In an 1882 historical account of Queens County*, Hunter’s Point is described as “almost an island, bounded on the north by a ditch on the salt meadow, to the south by Newtown Creek, and west by the East River.” During high tide a small island emerged where sea captain George Hunter once maintained an active homestead. As the tidal waters receded, oyster reefs and rock edifice revealed. Although the land has undergone a number of transformations it still remains almost an island connected to the East River’s tidal pulse and daily estuarial flow. *History of Queens County by W. W. Munsell, 1882, pp. 258-328

I Don’t Do Boxes: Act Out!

In collaboration with the Queer People of Color Collective, the third issue of I Don’t Do Boxes explores the politics of activism, resistance, and performance with a range of essays, articles, and artworks from queer-identifying youth and individuals from around the country.

I Don’t Do Boxes is a magazine exploring LGBTQ experience, published at Elsewhere and edited by a team of queer-identifying youth.

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ecoartspace action guides are a platform for artists addressing environmental issues. Each guide supports both learning institutions and community organizations that are interested in educating youth and adults about the principles of ecology through aesthetic experiences in the natural and built environment. Over the past several years I’ve helped developed activities and projects for 2 of these wonderful resources including Eve Mosher’s Highwaterline Guide and Tafftoo Tan’s S.O.S. Action Guide. To download each guide visit: http://ecoartspaceactionguides.blogspot.com/

Ecoartspace was founded in Los Angeles in 1997 by Patricia Watts, who partnered with Amy Lipton in New York City in 1999. They created one of the first websites that offered information on artists who, through their artworks, teach about our interdependence with the natural world. In 2000, Watts and Lipton developed an art and nature program, bringing artists into classrooms in Malibu, California, and New York City. This project was the initial inspiration to develop arts activities for both in school and in after-school programs.

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Greenhorns Field Journal

Illustration by Ginny Maki
Illustration by Ginny Maki

There’s currently a movement underfoot! A recent groundswell of young farmers are fostering an agricultural movement with farmers who have worked the land for generations. With this underway, our government is recognizing the need for more young farmers and implementing programs to encourage them, while organizations are offering support networks, training opportunities, and resources to help them get started. The Greenhorns and the Northeast Beginning Farmers Project are two examples of such organizations and have joined together to create the Field Journal. This project was supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2009- 49400-05878.

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Right now, mushrooms are eating oil spills, providing insulation for buildings, and decomposing organic matter that creates the soil we use and the food we eat. You’ve probably had some mushrooms on your plate, but did you know that mushrooms are used for oil-spill clean-up research, bio-degradable packaging, and immunity defense?

This guide is an introduction to hunting for wild mushrooms. Come along with us and explore the latent potential of the fungi kingdom in New York City! HUNT for mushrooms in the city with the help of this guide. DOWNLOAD more information on fungi and use a real-time mushroom map. CONTRIBUTE your findings through a smartphone or computer at www.networkedorganisms.org.

Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhood residents joined mycologist Gary Lincoff for a mushroom hunt in New Cavalry Cemetary in Queens on Sunday Jun 13th from 1-3pm. Thet say that cemeteries can be the best places to find peace, solitude… and mushrooms. We found out why and learned how to identify and forage for mushrooms in New York City with a group of experts, dabblers and mushroom enthusiasts! We met at the 52nd st station off the 7 train; the tour began at 1pm and was free and open to the public.

This event and publication was created for the Queens Arts Express, an annual spring arts festival is packed with arts exhibitions, festive events, and live performances in public spaces throughout neighborhoods clustered along the 7 train route. The MycoMap project is a collaboration between: Strataspore, the Urban Landscape Lab, Sarah Williams of the Spatial Information Design Lab, Anne Yen Illustrator, Erica Schapiro-Sakashita, and Networked Organisms and their Habitats.

OOZ Learning Guides

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Robotic Geese: Experiential Learning and Exploration, is a K-12 curricula resource inspired by the work of artist Dr. Natalie Jeremijenko. Jeremijenko’s project, Ooz, Inc., Zoo Backwards, explores issues of human/animal interaction and includes a component that employs interactive goosing robots as a means for persons to interact, communicate and observe live geese in their natural habitats. This guide is a collection of activities and how-to instructions on how to use this project as inspiration for innovative ways of using environmental education in K-12 classrooms around the country. Looking past the computer, past the chalkboard and instead toward the windows, toward the doors and providing unique opportunities for students to engage in applied, hands-on learning through real-world science, math and language arts. Robotic Geese is meant to serve as a platform for getting you and your students excited about the natural world, science and everything in between. Come and explore with us in the water, on the land and in the sky.

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Feral Robotic Dogs: Environmental Mapping and Exploration, is a K-12 curricula resource inspired by the work of artist Dr. Natalie Jeremijenko. Jeremijenko’s project, Feral Robots, an open source robotics project providing resources and support for upgrading robotic dog toys to sniff out environmental contaminants. This guide is a collection of activities and how-to instructions on how to use this project as inspiration for innovative ways of using environmental education in K-12 classrooms around the country. Looking past the computer, past the chalkboard and instead toward built and natural environments to provide unique opportunities for students to engage in applied, hands-on learning through real-world science, math and language arts. Feral Robotic Dogs is meant to serve as a platform for getting you and your students excited about the natural world, science and everything in between. Come and explore with us in the water, on the land and in the sky.