CURRENT: LA FOOD is a month-long public arts initiative taking place from October 5 to November 3 in 15 public parks throughout Los Angeles. All installations and related programming, including 75 events, are free and open to all. This is the second iteration of the Public Art Triennial following on from the inaugural 2016 launch of CURRENT: LA Water. In partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (ICA LA), the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs commissioned 15 artists - Ry Rocklen, Michael Rakowitz, Jazmin Urrea, and Nancy Lupo - to take on the subject of food accessibility and equity and their response is as varied as the communities that make up the city.
As part of this initiative, Barnsdall Park (4800 Hollywood Blvd.) hosts New Shores: The Future Dialogue Between Two Homelands, focusing on the immigrant experience and the ethnic diversity around Barnsdall Park. Julio César Morales and Max La Rivière-Hedrick collaborate with local chefs to hear personal accounts of food and migration. They then use the narratives as the foundation to create a multisensory installation and series of performances inspired by night markets. In further programming at the Park, join LA Eats Itself (LAEI) for a fictional take on “the Big One” by raiding the pantry of a “prepper;” an end-of-the-world survivalist who constantly prepares for potential disaster. This experimental prepper pantry contains survivalist-based foods to feast on—ranging from fermenting dishes, foraged meals, and survivalist food provisions. For more specifics about this and other activations, visit CURRENT:LA website: https://www.currentla.org/ #CURRENTLA
- Starting Saturday, October 5th, 2019, repeated every 30 days until Sunday, November 03, 2019 — all day