Wednesday, October 7, 2015

MoRUS extends Adam Purple memorial show through Oct. 25

[Photo via MoRUS/Facebook]

The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) will continue its memorial exhibit honoring Adam Purple, the environmentalist and urban gardening pioneer, who died on Sept. 14 at age 84.

Here's the info via the EVG inbox...

Due to increasing levels of interest from the public about Adam and the history of community gardens, MoRUS will extend The Adam Purple Memorial Show, which includes rare photos of The Garden of Eden, memorabilia and rare footage of the garden and Adam appearing in his Purple attire on several talk shows, including "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee," through Sunday, Oct. 25.

Among special events tied-in with the Purple pop-up include a screening of the award-winning documentary, "Dirt," shot and produced by David Evans, Maria Liedholm Holter and Catherine Williamson Duncumb in the mid-1990s. When "Dirt" was recognized by the International Documentary Association in 1998 and the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1999, it launched global awareness of what the East Village had known for years: community gardens breathe life and pump vitality into marginalized neighborhoods.

"Dirt" will screen at MoRUS on Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m.

MoRUS is at 155 Avenue C between East Ninth Street and East 10th Street. The suggested donation for the screening is $5, but no one will be turned away. Donations will support the preservation of Adam's history through photographs, videos and other artifacts.

Purple — born David Wilkie in Independence, Mo. — garnered international attention in the mid-1980s when he battled the city over a five-lot, 15,000-square-foot garden he created amid the ruins of the Lower East Side.

Previously on EV Grieve:
RIP Adam Purple

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The museum was inexplicably closed both of the times that I tried to visit the exhibit. Both times were well within the museum hours listed on MoRUS' websites and on the front door.