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From the Ground Up: Nurturing Diversity in Hostile Environments

From the Ground Up: Nurturing Diversity in Hostile Environments
Dates: Friday, Aug 9, 2024 -
Sunday, Feb 23, 2025
Hours:

Gallery Hours: Fridays 2-6 PM
Saturdays & Sundays 1-5 PM
Admission is always free.

What can seeds tell us about the future? Seeds and the plants that grow from them have provided us with food, clothing, shelter, and medicine for millennia. For just as long, humans have used sciences, technologies, myths, and art to peer into an imagined future. As we stare out toward our own future, one threatened by climate change and complicated by social unrest, the From the Ground Up: Nurturing Diversity in Hostile Environments exhibition looks to the seed—such as those seeds that lie at the bottom of the forest floor waiting for the cyclical fire season that promotes new growth and diversity to sprout—for inspiration and guidance on how to navigate current and coming hostile environments.

From the Ground Up presents works by 16 contemporary artists and artist teams who explore diverse technologies, histories of contested spaces, and traditional understandings of nature as they imagine alternative, sustainable futures. The exhibition bridges familiar distinctions between art and science while exploring practices and traditions that predate contemporary understandings of those disciplines. In this exhibition, artworks, knowledge traditions, and histories converge in space and across time.

This exhibition is presented as part of PST ART: Art & Science Collide. Southern California’s landmark arts event, Pacific Standard Time, returns in September 2024, presenting more than 50 exhibitions from organizations across the region, all exploring the intersections of art and science, both past and present. PST ART: Art & Science Collide follows Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (September 2017–January 2018) and Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980 (October 2011– March 2012). PST ART is a Getty initiative. For more information about PST ART: Art & Science Collide, please visit: pst.art.

Participating Artists

Charmaine Bee
Nikesha Breeze
Carl Cheng
Olivia Chumacero
Beatriz Cortez
Mercedes Dorame
Aroussiak Gabrielian
iris yirei hu
Lez Bats (Sandra de la Loza and Jess Gudiel)
Malaqatel ija, Semillas Viajeras, Seed Travels
Hillary Mushkin
Vick Quezada
Sarah Rosalena
Enid Baxter Ryce
Cielo Saucedo
Marcus Zúñiga

Media

With an Additional $12 M., Getty Foundation Announces Science-Focused 2024 PST Shows
(ART NEWS)

Getty invests more than $17 million in 2024’s art and science-themed Pacific Standard Time
(Los Angeles Times)

Science-themed ‘Pacific Standard Time’ for 2024 takes shape with Getty art grants
(Los Angeles Times)


Image: Nikesha Breeze, Stages of Tectonic Blackness: Blackdom, 2021. Video still with Nikesha Breeze. Image by mk. Courtesy of the artist.

From the Ground Up: Nurturing Diversity in Hostile Environments is made possible with support from Getty through its PST Art: Art & Science Collide initiative. Lead support for all Armory programs comes from the Perenchio Foundation. Major support for this exhibition is provided by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and the Pasadena Community Foundation. Generous support is provided by Pasadena Art Alliance, with additional support provided by Betsy Greenberg and Steve NyBlom. This exhibition is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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