In partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (ICA LA), The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) commissioned 15 artists---including Ry Rocklen, Michael Rakowitz, Jazmin Urrea, and Nancy Lupo— for CURRENT:LA FOOD featuring art projects and events along with community partners’ events throughout Los Angeles.
For locations and programs, check the website CURRENT:LA
Taking place October 5 through November 3, 2019, in public parks across the city, the monthlong exhibition will focus on the topic of food and global issues connected with food such as food accessibility and equity.
CURRENT:LA puts a new spin on traditional international triennials by democratizing the way people access art. The initiative shifts art away from the museum environment and places temporary public art projects and public programs in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles where residents and visitors live, work, and play.
IMAGE SHOWN, at Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, Los Angeles: The London-based duo Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe) examine the ecosystem of the Los Angeles coastline in a site-specific intervention at Venice Beach. Mussel Beach, a play on the culture of fitness and exhibitionism associated with Venice, contemplates the state of the Pacific Ocean through the lens of food, specifically mussels, which act as filters of pollution but are disappearing along the shores of Venice because of climate change. Through a series of mixed-media interventions along the beach—ranging from itinerant performances, installations on the boardwalk, public food tastings, and a choreographed audio tour of the beach—Mussel Beach meditates on the connections between the health and fitness industry and the consequences of human activity on the natural landscape.