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Workshop: Extinct in New York

Drop in to a hands-on creative workshop designed by teaching artist Hayley Ferber in response to underlying themes in Michael Wang’s exhibition Extinct in New York. Materials are provided. Recommended for all ages.

Building and excavation have facilitated the arrival of new species and caused others to disappear. Tall buildings give shelter to pigeons whose ancestors nested on cliffs. Subways maintain optimal temperatures for rats. In parks, gardeners tend to exotic species thriving far from the environments in which they evolved. Looking at Michael’s watercolor paintings, consider what would have caused these plants to go extinct, what might have replaced them and if they would be able to survive now. Choose a seed to “plant” and draw/ paint what you think will grow from it and where it would survive in NYC. Name your plant.