Jan 10, 2021, 3PM–4PM

Coffee & Conversation: Milford’s Garden

Jake Meginsky, Graves in the Garden (2020), sound and color, 6:43.

“If you’re to be a master drummer, you have to know about herbs.”- Milford Graves

Graves was introduced to botany by his grandfather, who used roots and herbs to make home remedies and teach self-reliance in his community. After inheriting his grandparents’ home, Graves developed a “global garden” in the backyard, mixing together plants he collected from all over the world. This continuously changing site, and the philosophy it embodies, has played a seminal role in nearly every aspect of Graves’s prolific creative output from music and the visual arts to holistic medicine and martial arts. Join Narendra Haynes and Tyler Shine for an open discussion about Graves’s garden. All are welcome to participate in the conversation.

The program will take place via Zoom, click here to register.

Live captioning will be provided for this program by Caption Access. Please contact Natalie Sandstrom, Program Coordinator, at nsand@ica.upenn.edu with any questions.


Narendra Haynes is a second-year MFA candidate in the Weitzman School of Design department at the University of Pennsylvania. His artistic practice is interdisciplinary in nature, combining painting and sculpture with his interests in digital culture, embodiment, phenomenology, and ecology.

Tyler Shine is a doctoral student in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania studying twentieth-century art and architecture with particular interest in the African diaspora. Before coming to Penn he was the Constance E. Clayton Fellow in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Coffee & Conversation

Coffee & Conversation are discussions led by graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania’s History of Art and Weitzman School of Design departments. For the fall exhibition season, this iteration will involve the students working in tandem. Through their unique perspectives as practitioners and researchers, they offer different approaches to consider the various facets that go into the formation of an exhibition and the artist’s process, creating entry points along the way for the audience to be involved in the conversation on a personal level.


Major support for Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal has been 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. Additional support has been provided by Nancy & Leonard Amoroso, Cecile & Christopher D’Amelio, Carol & John Finley, Amanda & Andrew Megibow, Norma & Larry Reichlin, and by Caroline & Daniel Werther.

Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan.