Lecture Aug. 8: Michael Pollan: Taking the Plant's Point of View

Friday, August 8, 2008
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

P.S.1 courtyard
Doors open 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation
Rain or shine

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, in collaboration with The Horticultural Society of New York, presents a lecture by the revolutionary food journalist Michael Pollan. For the past twenty years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where civilization and the natural world intersect. He is one of today’s most influential investigators of what we eat and how plants impact our daily lives and culture. A long-standing supporter of The Horticultural Society of New York, the award-winning author will lecture on-site at P.F.1 (Public Farm One), a quarter-acre working farm currently installed in the P.S.1 courtyard. P.F.1 is the vibrant creation of WORK Architecture Company, winners of this year’s MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program competition. With this productive urban farm as a backdrop, Pollan will discuss the power of taking the plant's point of view, what that does for us, and why it is important to solving our environmental problems.

Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by The New York Times and The Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award for best food writing, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author A Place of My Own (1997) and Second Nature (1991). A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine among other prestigious publications, Pollan is the Knight Professor of Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. His most recent book is titled In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008).

Founded in 1900, The Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY) is at the forefront of New York City’s environmental well-being, providing resources for urban gardeners, plant enthusiasts, visual artists, and green technology professionals. HSNY promotes the art and science of horticulture and its vital role in contemporary life to diverse communities throughout New York. HSNY’s outreach programs bring environmental literacy to public school children; gardens and urban agriculture to seniors and special-needs individuals; and vocational training to men, women, and adolescents incarcerated on Rikers Island. Coinciding with P.S.1’s courtyard presentation of P.F.1, The Horticultural Society of New York Gallery will feature architectural models, live-plant sculptures, preparatory drawings, photo-documentation and ephemera from the project. Through September 5, 2008.


This program is made possible in part by a grant from Con Edison.

P.S.1 gratefully acknowledges the assistance of The Horticultural Society of New York in providing expertise and maintenance for Public Farm One.

Winner of the ninth annual MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program

WORK Architecture Company’s P.F.1 (Public Farm One)

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