The Cathedral of St. John the Divine Presents
Enter the Conversation: Dirt, A Love Story
Thursday, November 12
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street)
A stirring discussion on dirt—that often overlooked, yet undeniably essential resource, as part of the exhibition, The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet
Join urban farmer Karen Washington and filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia in conversation with the Very Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral, for “Enter the Conversation: Dirt, A Love Story,” part of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s ongoing programming surrounding its exhibition, The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet, on Thursday, November 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street).
Dirt: A Love Story, edited by Barbara Richardson, explores the nature and importance of life-giving soil, through the writings of 36 authors, gardeners, hikers, and environmentalists, and includes essays by Koons Garcia and Washington. There will be a screening of an excerpt of Koons Garcia’s 2013 film Symphony of the Soil.
The Value of Food, guest curated by Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn, is divided into seven thematic sections: Water, Soil, Seed, Farm, Market, Meal and Waste; each representing a spoke in the cycle of food production. The paintings, sculpture and multimedia pieces of more than 30 renowned artists, including Alison Knowles, Tom Otterness, Tattfoo Tan, Christy Rupp, Christian Jankowski, Claire Pentecost and others, have been installed in a circular path within the Cathedral’s 14 bays and 7 chapels, as well as throughout its gardens. Portraits by photojournalist Matt Black, depicting food workers and the ecological ravages of climate change, are displayed on the Cathedral’s exterior fence—an installation curated by Magnum Foundation.
Guests are asked to RSVP at http://www.stjohndivine.org/visit/calendar/events/13053/enter-the-conversation-dirt-a-love-story/rsvp.