Of Seed, Soil, and Stars, installation view, USC Gayle and Ed Roski Gallery, 2023. Courtesy LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). Photograph by Jackie Castillo
Closing Reception for Of Seed, Soil, and Stars
Sunday, July 9, 2023, 1–3 PM
Gallery Hours: 12–6 PM
Gayle and Ed Roski Gallery
USC Roski Studios Building
3001 South Flower Street (entrance is on 30th Street)
We invite you to join us for the closing reception Of Seed, Soil, and Stars: Meditations on Land, Body, Resistance, and Regeneration, curated by LACE’s 2023 Emerging Curators Joy A. Anderson and Robin Garcia. The reception will feature a seed exchange workshop led by Jess Gudiel and an ephemeral sonic sculpture by Maria Maea. Earth workers from Coyotl + Macehualli and School for the Ecocene will share information on BIPOC-led environmental justice campaigns, and Inspiration Cafe will have coffee and tea for sale.
1-3 PM | Broadcasting Seeds of Resistencia: A Non-Monetary Exchange Honoring Seed Sovereignty
Seed Exchange Workshop with Jess Gudiel
Join Jess Gudiel in a seed exchange workshop where participants will trade and share (horti)cultural knowledge. Please bring non-GMO seeds and your stories. No one will be turned away for lack of seeds. The seed swap will follow a viewing of Paviinokre (Fluidity / We Flow), a film narrating the Tongva creation story of The Seven Sisters. Paviinokre is a collaboration between Gudiel and Tina Orduno Calderon (Gabrielino Tongva, Chumash, and Yoeme).
12–6 PM | the song of silence
An ephemeral sonic sculpture by Maria Maea
Experience and listen to Maea’s sonic sculpture, a work in reflection, presence, and collaboration with water, the summer sun, and Earth’s elements.
Coyotl + Macehualli
Learn about the efforts to protect the California Black Walnut Tree (Takaape’ Waaashut) and the hills of Northeast LA (‘Ochuunga/Ostuungna) from corporate investment. Coyotl + Macehualli is a grassroots BIPOC-led environmental justice group based out of ‘Ochuunga or unceded Northeast Los Angeles actively bringing agency back to the land and native species. They advocate for conservation, remediation and decolonization of our relationship with natural resources and plant and animal relatives.
School for the Ecocene
Hear from Sarita Doe about the Run4Salmon, an indigenous woman-led movement to restore health to California’s waterways. School for the Ecocene is a cooperative creating Earth-centered curricula and programs for planetary liberation.
Visit Inspiration Cafe’s tea and coffee cart to enjoy herbal teas made with California native plants. Michelle Wong of Inspiration Cafe, will be available to share her knowledge as an acupuncturist and herbalist trained in TCM and the traditional wisdom of California Native plants learned from the Chumash Indigenous community of Los Angeles.
Photos by Theresa Kim
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Of Seed, Soil, and Stars features six interdisciplinary artists who focus on regenerative practices that sustain life as well as community. The exhibition explores the relationships between the land and body and between migration and memory.
Of Seed, Soil, and Stars is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and the Pasadena Art Alliance. Special thanks to our friends at USC Roski School of Art and Design for their support while LACE’s Hollywood gallery is under renovation.