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CURRENT:LA Public Art Triennial October 5 - November 3, 2019. An initiative of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), curated by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. #CurrentLA
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CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial will feature temporary art projects, public programs, and ancillary events activating every Council District in the City of Los Angeles. Presented by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). The inaugural presentation of CURRENT:LA in Summer 2016 will focus on the topic of water--both thematically and geographically--with artwork and events that will explore shared global, national, and local issues of water conservation and access. CURRENT:LA encourages all residents and visitors to experience the art at publicly-accessible locations throughout the city. The CURRENT initiative is funded through a match between the City’s Arts Development Fee (ADF) Program and private sources. For its inaugural presentation, CURRENT:LA is funded by a $1M Public Art Challenge Grant by Bloomberg Philanthropies through its Public Art Challenge initiative.

Operating as usual

10/14/2020

CURRENT:LA FOOD, LA's public art triennial will be featured in tonight's episode of #Artbound on @kcet, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m.

Learn about the 2019 program, produced with @theicala, that brought major temporary public art into parks across the City, and the artists whose work took on issues surrounding food or food systems.

The episode also streams at.kcet.org/shows/artbound

Great interview in Hyperallergic with CURRENT:LA FOOD co-curator Asuka Hisa. Thanks for the shout out Asuka!https://hype...
12/11/2019
Meet LA's Art Community: Asuka Hisa Is Busy Prepping the ICA LA as a 2020 Voting Center

Great interview in Hyperallergic with CURRENT:LA FOOD co-curator Asuka Hisa. Thanks for the shout out Asuka!

https://hyperallergic.com/532186/meet-las-art-community-asuka-hisa-is-busy-prepping-the-ica-la-as-a-2020-voting-center/

An interview series spotlighting some of the great work coming out of Los Angeles. Hear directly from artists, curators, and art workers about their current projects and personal quirks.

CURRENT:LA FOOD has come to an end! Thank you to everyone who helped shape this triennial in one form or another! A spec...
11/14/2019

CURRENT:LA FOOD has come to an end! Thank you to everyone who helped shape this triennial in one form or another!

A special thank you to our lead curators, ICA LA (Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) including Asuka Hisa and Jamillah James, and to our curatorial advisors Public Fiction Diana Nawi, and Marco Rios.

Thank you to Dyson & Womack's production team for executing two CURRENT triennials with us!

And our deepest appreciation goes out to the artists and programmers who helped us unpack the pleasure and perils of food through public art.

CURRENT:LA FOOD artists include Eva Aguila & Coaxial Arts Foundation; Cooking Sections; Adrià Julià; Nancy Lupo; Shana Lutker; Emily Marchand; Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick; Nonfood; Michael Queenland; Michael Rakowitz; Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas; Ry Rocklen; Torolab; Jazmin Urrea; and Nari Ward.

CURRENT:LA FOOD programmers include Across Our Kitchen Tables; Bed & Breakfast & Breakfast; Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock; Lucia Fabio; The Golden Dome; Human Resources; LA Commons; Leyna Lightman; Babsi Loisch; Los Angeles Eats Itself; Los Angeles Food Policy Council; Christopher Reynolds; and Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA); SÜPRSEED, Inc., and Women's Center for Creative Work.

We hope you will continue to look to Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for contemporary art initiatives, including our 2020 COLA Individual Artist Fellowship awardees who will be announced this month!

All photos courtesy of City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), all artwork commissioned by DCA for CURRENT:LA FOOD
~ S/H/O/O/K (Surviving Humans Of Other Kinds) , LA Eats Itself 2019, photo by Monica Nouwens,
~ CURRENT:LA FOOD stickers, photo by DCA,
~ A Thousand Lunches , Emily Marchand 2019, Watts Cookbook , ToroLab 2019; ALL AGAIN , Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas 2019; Enchanted Servers , Nari Ward 2019, photos by Panic Studio LA

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11/08/2019

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11/03/2019

Today is the final day of #CurrentLA Food! From Oct 5-Nov 3, CURRENT:LA FOOD explores the multiplicity of food through #publicart commissions and public programs with local, international, and multigenerational artists. These artists highlight the advances — as well as the challenges — we face as producers and consumers of food. See these projects before they’re gone, and visit currentla.org for all the details 👀

CURRENT:LA FOOD is funded by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs @culture_la & organized by a lead curatorial team from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles @theicala, represented by Asuka Hisa @asukahisa (Director of Learning and Engagement, ICA LA) and #JamillahJames (Curator, ICA LA) as well as curatorial advisors: Lauren Mackler, independent curator, founder of @publicfiction, and co-curator of Made in LA 2020, Hammer Museum; Diana Nawi @nawinawinawi independent curator and co-curator of Prospect.5, New Orleans; and Marco Rios, artist and Curator at the Luckman Gallery, California State University, LA | #icala #contemporaryart #art #laart #triennial #losangeles #food

It's the final day of #CurrentLA Food, and we want your feedback and your food photos! Take our survey for your chance t...
11/03/2019

It's the final day of #CurrentLA Food, and we want your feedback and your food photos! Take our survey for your chance to win $100: http://bit.ly/2MB1bFI

Sunday, November 3 is the last day of #CurrentLA Food! See below for the events happening on the final day, and don’t mi...
11/03/2019
Current LA Food | LA's Public Art Triennial

Sunday, November 3 is the last day of #CurrentLA Food! See below for the events happening on the final day, and don’t miss out on viewing installations by 15 artists at parks throughout the city. Visit currentla.org for all the details ☀️

𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗡𝗼𝘃 𝟯
🔸 Algae Bioreactor 1: Open Hours by Nonfood 10am-2pm, Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center
🔸 What’s Going on with Recycling?! Closing Celebration & Convo with Shana Lutker, 11am-1pm, Valley Plaza Recreation Center
🔸 Feed-In: A Gathering with Babsi Loisch, 11am-2pm, Palms Park
🔸 From Seed to Earth with Lucia Fabio, 11am-3pm, Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center
🔸 The Art of Food: A Recipe for Community with Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 11am-5pm, Exposition Park Rose Garden
🔸 Mussel Beach by Cooking Sections, 12-6pm, Venice Beach Recreation Center
🔸 Performance: Appetite Monument Movement #2 (Stimulant) by Christopher Reynolds, 1:30-3pm, Valley Plaza Recreation Center
🔸 Rainbow Transmissions #2 by The Golden Dome, 2-5pm, Pershing Square
🔸 Food Group: The Body Palms by Ry Rocklen, 4-5pm, Palms Park
🔸 Crown, Neck, Root with Nancy Lupo, 5-7pm, Pershing Square
🔸 Chapter 5: Futuro of New Shoresby Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick, 5:30-8:30pm, Barnsdall Art Park

See a new sculpture and enjoy diverse menus from South LA food trucks, an open-air participatory photo booth, and live p...
11/01/2019

See a new sculpture and enjoy diverse menus from South LA food trucks, an open-air participatory photo booth, and live performances by the S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women’s African Drum Circle for the FINAL Enchanted Servers by #CurrentLA artist Nari Ward. Tomorrow, Nov 2 from 12-5pm at Leimert Plaza Park. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2mY0vQC

CURRENT:LA Food ends this Sunday, November 3! Find all events happening this weekend here: currentla.org/calendar

Organized and led by #CurrentLA artists Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Annie Gimas, ALL AGAIN is a choral and movement pe...
11/01/2019

Organized and led by #CurrentLA artists Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Annie Gimas, ALL AGAIN is a choral and movement performance exploring themes of food justice, ecology, and environmental manipulation, with an emphasis on access, food waste, and composting. See All Again: Two Performances, tomorrow, Nov 2, 6-8pm. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2plcUj3

Join the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock for The Art of Food: A Recipe for Community at the Exposition Park Rose Garden ...
11/01/2019

Join the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock for The Art of Food: A Recipe for Community at the Exposition Park Rose Garden for an enchanted picnic and painting experience, pop-up food poetry, vegetable printmaking, and heritage chocolate making. This Sunday, Nov 3, 11am-5pm. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2JAzElO

Will you be joining us next Sunday for our free CURRENT: LA Food programming at Exposition Park Rose Garden?

Work with local NELA artists like Jessica Wilson of Los Angeles Poet Society to create works like those pictured above: spontaneous food-inspired poetry and food poems called
Humuments using old cookbooks!

FREE

Sunday, November 3rd, 11am-5pm.

📸 by @nica_aquino

#cfaer #dca #currentlafood #currentla #jessicawilson #lapoetsociety #losangelespoetsociety #humument #poetry @ Exposition Park Rose Garden

11/01/2019

It’s the last week of #CurrentLA Food! Now until Sunday, November 3 is your last chance to see installations by 15 artists throughout the city, as well as participate in free public programs. Watch the video for a glimpse at some of the work of CURRENT:LA artists 👀 Plus, don’t miss the following events:

𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗡𝗼𝘃 𝟮
🔸 Algae Bioreactor 1: Open Hours by Nonfood, 10am-2pm, Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center
🔸 Enchanted Servers by Nari Ward, 12-5pm, Leimert Plaza Park
🔸 Performance: Muscle House Cookbook by Human Resources Los Angeles, 6-8pm, Venice Beach Recreation Center
🔸 All Again: Two Performances by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas, 6-8pm, Delano Recreation Center
🔸 A House with a Date Palm Will Never Starve, dinner by #MichaelRakowitz, 6:30-8:30pm, Pan Pacific Park

𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗡𝗼𝘃 𝟯
🔸 Algae Bioreactor 1: Open Hours by Nonfood 10am-2pm, Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center
🔸 What’s Going on with Recycling?! Closing Celebration & Convo with Shana Lutker, 11am-1pm, Valley Plaza Recreation Center
🔸 Feed-In: A Gathering with Babsi Loisch, 11am-2pm, Palms Park
🔸 From Seed to Earth with Lucia Fabio, 11am-3pm, Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center
🔸Art of Food: A Recipe for Community with Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 11am-5pm, Exposition Park Rose Garden
🔸 Mussel Beach by Cooking Sections, 12-6pm, Venice Beach Recreation Center
🔸 Performance: Appetite Monument Movement #2 (Stimulant) by Christopher Reynolds, 1:30-3pm, Valley Plaza Recreation Center
🔸 Rainbow Transmissions #2 by The Golden Dome, 2-5pm, Pershing Square
🔸 Food Group: The Body Palms by Ry Rocklen, 4-5pm, Palms Park
🔸 Crown, Neck, Root with Nancy Lupo, 5-7pm, Pershing Square
🔸 Chapter 5: Futuro of New Shores by Julio César Morales & Max La Rivière-Hedrick, 5:30-8:30pm, Barnsdall Art Park

All Again: Two Performances by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas, happening this Saturday 6-8pm at Delano Recreati...
10/31/2019

All Again: Two Performances by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas, happening this Saturday 6-8pm at Delano Recreation Center. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2plcUj3

#CurrentLA end this Sunday, Nov 3! Find information on all installations and events at currentla.org.

This Sat., Nov. 2, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., join artists Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Annie Gimas for ALL AGAIN, a choral and movement performance exploring themes of food justice, ecology and environmental manipulation, with an emphasis on access, food waste and composting for CURRENT: LA FOOD.

The event will be held at Delano Recreation Center in Van Nuys. More here: currentla.org/all-again-final-rehearsal/

#foodjustice
#AllAgain
#perfomance
#foodwaste
#composting
#LAFood
#publicart
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Have you attended #CurrentLA? We want your feedback! Take our survey for your chance to win $100: http://bit.ly/2MB1bFI
10/31/2019

Have you attended #CurrentLA? We want your feedback! Take our survey for your chance to win $100: http://bit.ly/2MB1bFI

From Seed to Earth | This Sunday from 11am-3pm at Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center, bring a picnic and discover the par...
10/31/2019

From Seed to Earth | This Sunday from 11am-3pm at Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center, bring a picnic and discover the parallels between plants and humans and their cycles of birth, life, and death with Lucia Fabio. Participants learn through the combined knowledge of such groups as Hey Baby Feminist Parenting Group, Seed Library of Los Angeles, Ford House Kitchen Garden, Food Forward, L.A. Compost, and Tembi Locke. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2MOFT6u

CURRENT:LA Food 𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙎𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙮, 𝙉𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝟯. Don’t miss your chance to experience public art and events around L.A. and...
10/30/2019

CURRENT:LA Food 𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙎𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙮, 𝙉𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝟯. Don’t miss your chance to experience public art and events around L.A. and near you. Visit currentla.org for more information or check out our events listings! #currentla

The nineteenth-century French gastronome (or foodie today) Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin famously wrote in his 1825 book...
10/29/2019

The nineteenth-century French gastronome (or foodie today) Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin famously wrote in his 1825 book The Physiology of Taste: "Tell me what you eat: I will tell you what you are.”

Tomorrow, Oct 29, 7:30-9pm at Martin Luther King Junior Park, #CurrentLA curatorial advisor Marco Rios invites fifteen artists to present and reflect on a memorable meal, from the sublime to the traumatic, such as eating fake whale meat in Japan to the best ceviche on a Tijuana street corner. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2B0FisL

Join #CurrentLA curatorial advisor Marco Rios for Mmm! Tuesday, Oct 29, 7:30pm at Martin Luther King Junior Park. The fi...
10/26/2019
Mmm!

Join #CurrentLA curatorial advisor Marco Rios for Mmm! Tuesday, Oct 29, 7:30pm at Martin Luther King Junior Park. The fifteen CURRENT:LA Food artists will present and reflect on a memorable meal, from the sublime to the traumatic, such as eating fake whale meat in Japan to the best ceviche on a Tijuana street corner. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2B0FisL

ABOUT THE PROGRAM The nineteenth-century French gastronome (or foodie today) Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin famously wrote in his 1825 book The Physiology of Taste: "Tell me what you eat: I will tell you what you are.” CURRENT curatorial advisor Marco Rios invites fifteen artists to present and ref...

Mussel Beach by #CurrentLA artists Cooking Sections contemplates the cultural history and ecosystem of Venice Beach, foc...
10/26/2019

Mussel Beach by #CurrentLA artists Cooking Sections contemplates the cultural history and ecosystem of Venice Beach, focusing on the impact of climate change on mussels, which act as filters for pollution along the shoreline. Through a series of mixed-media interventions along the beach, including a choreographed audio tour, Cooking Sections investigates the consequences of human activity on the natural landscape. On view through Nov 3. Learn more: http://bit.ly/328tVuB

This weekend, experience #CurrentLA artist Leyna Lightman is reviving the communal baking tradition. Leyna's Saturday br...
10/25/2019

This weekend, experience #CurrentLA artist Leyna Lightman is reviving the communal baking tradition. Leyna's Saturday bread workshop The Town Oven: Ethiopia is led by the Legesse sisters. Sunday's bread workshop The Town Oven: Armenia is led by Kristine Jingozian.

Learn more and RSVP: https://www.currentla.org/public-programs/leyna-lightman/

This Sat, October 26, 6:30-8:30pm, take part in a dinner cohosted by Wendy Barranco of About-Face. Dates harvested at Az...
10/25/2019

This Sat, October 26, 6:30-8:30pm, take part in a dinner cohosted by Wendy Barranco of About-Face. Dates harvested at Aziz Farms in Thermal, CA, by members of the Iraqi diaspora, About Face, and the studio of #CurrentLA artist Michael Rakowitz are highlighted in the meal prepared and shared at Rakowitz's installation Beneath the Date Palms at Pan Pacific Park. RSVP: http://bit.ly/35Ro9jq

Breast/Milk: A Discussion of Support, Access and Class explores the complicated story of infant feeding and how history,...
10/25/2019

Breast/Milk: A Discussion of Support, Access and Class explores the complicated story of infant feeding and how history, race, income, and other factors influence the decision on how to feed a baby. Presented by Babsi Loisch and Led by Kimberly Durdin (Kindred Space LA_Birth,Lactation,Education) and Pauline Sakamoto (Mothers' Milk Bank San Jose) this Sunday, October 27, 10am. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2OXZG5Y. Illustration by joolsannie.

#CurrentLA artists Julio Cesar Morales and Max La Rivière-Hedrick thoughtfully incorporate the ethnic diversity in East ...
10/25/2019

#CurrentLA artists Julio Cesar Morales and Max La Rivière-Hedrick thoughtfully incorporate the ethnic diversity in East Hollywood and Barnsdall Park for their weekly events, also referred to as “chapters.” The artists collaborate with local chefs or restaurateurs to share their personal account of how food reminds them of home. This Sunday, join them for Chapter 4: Mayan of New Shores, from 5:30-8:30pm at Barnsdall Art Park. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2IZm7nr

Final Watts Cookbook Fire-Up & Barbecue Workshop of #CurrentLA! This Saturday, 12-5pm, join Torolab to cook the recipes ...
10/25/2019

Final Watts Cookbook Fire-Up & Barbecue Workshop of #CurrentLA! This Saturday, 12-5pm, join Torolab to cook the recipes of Watts. The civic, ethnographic, and experiential history of #SouthLA through smell, flavor, and memory. RSVP: https://buff.ly/2BFvSmM

Foodscapes Festival: Art, Cultural & Ecological Histories | A pop-up marketplace, arts workshops, cooking demos, family ...
10/25/2019

Foodscapes Festival: Art, Cultural & Ecological Histories | A pop-up marketplace, arts workshops, cooking demos, family activities, and more happening this Saturday in the San Fernando Valley for #CurrentLA! Eat, exchange ideas, and reflect on local and global histories with Across Our Kitchen Tables and Big City Forum. RSVP: https://buff.ly/2W8bEM5

Participate in Ring: Vocal & Movement Performance Workshop #3, plus a final afternoon rehearsal on November 2 and be eli...
10/24/2019

Participate in Ring: Vocal & Movement Performance Workshop #3, plus a final afternoon rehearsal on November 2 and be eligible and prepared to perform in ALL AGAIN for #CurrentLA by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs & Annie Gimas on the evening of Saturday, November 2. Light refreshments are provided; workshops take place outside, and comfortable clothing is suggested. This third workshop features special guest Tany Ling. Capacity is limited. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2VP0hIE

This Saturday from noon-5pm | Enchanted Servers at Leimert Plaza Park features new sculpture and a site-specific audio s...
10/24/2019

This Saturday from noon-5pm | Enchanted Servers at Leimert Plaza Park features new sculpture and a site-specific audio soundscape installation by #CurrentLA artist Nari Ward. Enjoy diverse menus from South LA food trucks, an open-air participatory photobooth, and performances by the S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women’s African Drum Circle. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2mY0vQC

"Having grown up with fast food in and around him, [Ry] Rocklen has a deeply personal connection to these handheld foods...
10/24/2019
Dancing Fast Food Holds More Serious Message at Palms Park

"Having grown up with fast food in and around him, [Ry] Rocklen has a deeply personal connection to these handheld foods. In this performance, Rocklen wants to celebrate these food items, which are so iconic they each merit their own emoji symbol" (Artbound). See the next Food Group: The Body Palms this Sunday, 4-5pm! RSVP: http://bit.ly/2PghOIG

As a sculptural artist, Rocklen endorses the hyper familiar in a whimsical, surreal fashion. He turns Palms Park into a vertiable digestive system and...

This Saturday, Oct 26, 11am-5pm | “Anyone can grow!” Workshops and conversations by Sustainable Economic Enterprises of ...
10/24/2019

This Saturday, Oct 26, 11am-5pm | “Anyone can grow!” Workshops and conversations by Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles on how to grow food, compost, and grow in small places are happening at MLK Jr Park at 39th and Western. Join for music, activities, and a full day of family fun around food. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2BmgoE4:

10/23/2019
CURRENT:LA Food Artist Shana Lutker

This Saturday (2pm) at the Valley Plaza Recreation Center, see The Temporary, a performative reading of writing by Jess Arndt, and a talk with Lauren Mackler set in #CurrentLA artist Shana Lutker's Contemporary Museum of Temporary Containers. RSVP: http://bit.ly/31EAOD3

Shana Lutker’s Contemporary Museum of Temporary Containers (CMTC) is an installation of single-use takeout containers painted a single color and organized by size, shape, or former contents. The work encourages creative reuse and considers the limits of sustainability and recycling at a critical juncture of environmental responsibility.

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