Public Programs

Visit MOBIA Museum of Biblical Art
1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 408-1500
Hours & Admission

All programs are free. Registration is suggested but not required. For more information or to register, please call (212) 408-1500 or email

During Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden:

Planting the Seed: The Garden as Symbol in Contemporary Art

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
6:30 pm

From Japanese rock gardens, to medieval cloistered gardens, to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the garden has held symbolic meaning across cultures and throughout history. Join Back to Eden curator Jennifer Scanlan and artists Naomi Reis and Lina Puerta in a special tour of the exhibition and discussion about the symbolic meanings of the garden in the exhibition and in the artists’ work.

Living in Sin and Virtue: Artists’ Mixer at MOBIA

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In tandem with the Museum of Biblical Art’s exhibition Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden, MasterDabblers is delighted to invite you to a sinfully good artists’ mixer.

Which deadly sins do you indulge in most? Which of the seven virtues do you practice most? And more importantly, how have you grown from all of these decisions? Adam and Eve are transformed by their voluntary contact with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Come meet some of the exhibiting artists and learn from one another’s professional choices—sinful and virtuous—to become the creator you aspire to be.

The evening will also feature a trivia game inspired by the works on view in the gallery and the artists Lynn Aldrich, Anonda Bell, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Sean Capone, Mat Collishaw, Jim Dine, Mark Dion, Barnaby Furnas, Adam Fuss, Rona Pondick, Alexis Rockman, Lina Puerta, Naomi Reis, Pipliotti Rist, Dana Sherwood, Mary Temple, Fred Tomaselli, and Marina Zurkow.

RSVP is required by August 1, 2014. Hors d’oeuvres and hard apple cider sponsored by Original Sin will be served. The Museum will be open late.

Admission is free.


Panel Discussion: Can Art Save the Planet? Artists and Eco-Activism

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to Eden curator Jennifer Scanlan and artists Marina Zurkow and Alexis Rockman will discuss how their work deals with environmentalism, and the larger issues of the impact that art can (and cannot) have on social change.


Curator Tour: Jennifer Scanlan

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back to Eden guest curator Jennifer Scanlan will lead a tour of the exhibition, offering insight into the multi-media art on view and explaining her curatorial objectives.


Artist Talk: Dana Sherwood and Mark Dion

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Artists Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood will speak together about their collaborative garden and outdoor endeavors. They will also address their work on view in the exhibition: Mark Dion’s The Snake Before the Fall and Dana Sherwood’s Banquets in the Dark Wildness.

Highlights Tours

MOBIA staff members introduce visitors to current exhibitions through rich stories and interesting details in works of art on view.

During Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden:

Each Saturday and Sunday

June 28 and 29
July 5 and 6
July 12 and 13
July 19 and 20
July 26 and 27
August 2 and 3
August 9 and 10
August 16 and 17
August 23 and 24
August 30 and 31
September 6 and 7
September 13 and 14
September 20 and 21
September 27 and 28