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Mondays with Milford

The Botanist: Graves in the Garden

December 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021

“I have a global garden. My garden’s not like people. You got all these people of different ethnicities, they live in their own communities – this don’t work like that. They all hang out together, right? I put them like that man, just to watch. So it don’t look like a farm. Let’s put’em together, know what I mean? One group, one culture here, one culture there, another culture there, spread them out, man. Plants are constantly picking up cosmic energy, just beyond photosynthesis. They may not have the machines to detect everything, but to me it’s just like humans, man. We’re constantly breathing in air. We’re breathing in all kinds of elements that are of nature. So what makes you think that plants are any different?”— Milford Graves

Cover: Milford Graves in the garden. Photo by Shawn Hanna.
December 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021


  • Screening

Program Info

All Ages

Sponsored by

Major support for Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Joseph Robert Foundation.



Presented by

Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal, organized and presented by Ars Nova Workshop and Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (ICA).

The Botanist: Graves in the Garden
Screening program

  • Graves in the Garden (2020)
    Directed by Jake Meginsky
    16 mm and video transferred to digital
    Runtime: 6:43
  • Eating in the Garden (1990)
    Private VHS tape
    Runtime: 4:57
  • Garden Ground Spring/Summer (1988)
    Private VHS Tape
    Runtime: 15:47
September 28, 2020 – January 24, 2021

Mondays with Milford

  • Screening
  • Series

Mondays with Milford

Bi-weekly screenings of rare digital footage from Milford Graves’s archives, along with additional video selections and dialogues that contextualize Graves’s practice.