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  • The Sweet Breathing of Plants

    Indigenous Arts of the Neshkinukat Artists

    October 6, 2018 – December 21, 2018

     

     

     

     

    Opening Reception & Artist Talk

    Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 – 8pm

    The Sweet Breathing of Plants presents the indigenous art of Neshkinukat artists. In the Lakota language Neshkinukat means “We Are All Related.” In the Luiseño language it means “One Who Has Relatives.” The exhibit from October 6 to December 21 includes an exceptional collection of textiles, baskets, multimedia, photographs, and paintings, which celebrate the remarkable nature of plants. Elder Julia Bogany will give an opening blessing.  Tima Lotah Link is a Chumash cultural educator and basketweaver and is the evening’s featured speaker.

    This is the first in a series of programs that is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

    Free & Open to the Public

    Reservations required due to limited space, call 626.821.3213 or email Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org


    The Sweet Breathing of Plants

    Sweet Breathing of Plants Community Read & Open Mike Night

    Tuesday, October 23, 7 – 9pm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Join fellow language and plant lovers to discuss and read passages from the Sweet Breathing of Plants. (New York: North Point Press, 2001)

    [The book] is “a bumper crop of the best writing by women on women and plants.  Since prehistory, plants–as sources of food, medicine, clothing, beauty, and life itself–have been the province of women. Yet no previous book has attempted to bring together the rich literature this husbandry has inspired. This burgeoning collection amply addresses that lack, with more than three dozen selections of nonfiction and poetry…Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson illuminate their subject from a range of perspectives. Here are curanderas and craftswomen whose legacy of plant wisdom safeguards our connection to the green world; botanists and geneticists; and visionaries…who show us the world…in a blade of grass…Here is an eloquent ‘ode to mold,’ a paean to mulch, an elegy for elders. Here is a book that celebrates an ancient and ongoing relationship in a new and appealing way.”– Libguides

    The Arboretum Library has purchased 10 copies of the book.  If you are interested in participating, come to the Arboretum Library and pick up a book.  Then on October 23rd, join the discussion about the book.  After the discussion there will be an open reading of your favorite short passages.   If you have another related reading on our relationship to plants, please bring that to read as well.  Each participant will be limited to 5 minutes and will sign up at 7:00 pm to read or recite.

    This author talk is the second in a series of programs that are part of The Sweet Breathing of Plants, Indigenous Arts of the Neshkinukat Artists exhibit on view in the Arboretum Library October 6 through December 21, 2018.

    The project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

    Free & Open to the Public

    Reservations required due to limited space, call 626.821.3213 or email Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org



    The Sweet Breathing of Plants

    Sun Prints and Bookmarks with Kat High

    Saturday December 1, 1:30 – 3:30pm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Please join us in the Library for a presentation by Kat High on making sun prints and bookmarks. Using sunlight and collected plants participants will enjoy creating one of a kind crafts to take home. Children and families are welcome!

    This is the third in a series of programs that is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

    Reservations required due to limited space, call 626.821.3213 or email Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org


    The Sweet Breathing of Plants

    Tending the Wild, Documentary Screening & Discussion

    with Barbara Drake, Kat High, and Richard Bugbee

    Tuesday, November 20, 2018 7pm – 9pm

     

     

     

     

     

    “Tending the Wild shines light on the environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples across California by exploring how they have actively shaped and tended the land for millennia, in the process developing a deep understanding of plant and animal life. This documentary examines how humans are necessary to live in balance with nature and how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of Californians to tend their environment.”

    — KCET

    The panelists will discuss indigenous cultural relationships with plants, food, art and life. This screening is the third in a series of programs that is part of The Sweet Breathing of Plants, Indigenous Arts of the Neshkinukat Artists exhibit on view in the Arboretum Library October 6, 2018 – December 21, 2018.

    The project is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

    Free & Open to the Puiblic

    Reservations required due to limited space, call 626.821.3213 or email Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org


    The Sweet Breathing of Plants

    Winter Solstice Ceremony with Dennis Garcia

    Friday, December 21, 2 – 3pm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Please join us in the Library for a closing solstice ceremony led by Dennis Garcia. Participants will enjoy celebrating the winter solstice as well as the conclusion of the exhibit by listening to traditional indigenous stories.

    This is the final of a series of programs that is made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

    Reservations required due to limited space, call 626.821.3213 or email Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Artboretum III

    January 5, 2019-February 14, 2019

     

    Opening Reception 

    January 12, 2019, 2 pm – 4 pm

    Botanical Art classes have been going on at the Arboretum for twenty years. The courses were started and taught for many years by renowned botanical artist Olga Eysymontt, who was instrumental in the founding of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California. For the last six years the instructor is Cristina Baltayian, who herself is a former student of Olga.  The classes are held at the Arboretum every Tuesday, and follows the traditional botanical art techniques of observing, sketching and portraying plants in a realistic manner.  Botanical illustration began hundreds of years ago as a scientific tool for identifying and studying plants. In the 19th century, it began to be recognized as an art form in itself, and artists have drawn and painted the plant world in all its exquisite forms ever since.  In this exhibit we are showcasing some of the wonderful art that students of the class have been working on in the past 2 years. Each has its own style, expression and personality, and that’s one of the many things that are so satisfying about working with Nature in its infinite variety.



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Among the Leaves; a Bibliophytology

    February 22, 2019 -May 28, 2019

    Andrew Yang

    The history of botany (phytology) is the history of books twofold: Not only have books been the unparalleled and enduring medium for botanical study across the centuries, but plants have also served as the has the physical basis of books. Any book about plants is therefore also a book of plants in its most basic sense; between the unfurling leaves of a plant and unfolding leaves of a book, drawn are a myriad of connections to be revealed.

    Found Among the Leaves; a Bibliophytology is an exploration of the rich and complex relationships that entangle object with information, image with medium. The LA County Arboretum’s library serves as both the project’s exhibition venue and its source material. Through works of collage, assemblage, painting, and objects from the Arboretum’s own collections, the exhibition will unfold as an aesthetic manifestation of the library itself: Trees made of books, flowers from scientific journals, bark as paper…. As the natural and cultural histories of plants and people as ecological companions continue to branch, how might they grow? At a time when the intimacy of printed matter is giving way to the ubiquity of digitalization, what do we make of the relationship between the book and the plant? Let’s look among the leaves.

    Andrew Yang is a Chicago-based transdisciplinary artist who works with flux of the naturalcultural. His projects have been exhibited from Oklahoma to Yokohama, including the14th Istanbul Biennial, the MCA Chicago, and the Spencer Museum of Art. His writings appear in LeonardoArt JournalGastronomica, and Biological Theory, among others. With a PhD in biology and MFA in visual art, he is an associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and research associate at the Field Museum of Natural History.

    Opening Reception & Artist Talk 

    February 23, 2019, 2-4pm

    A Most Fruitful Analogy: Fantastical Roots of Botanical Form

    The study for botany in the European tradition is deeply rooted in analogy as a method of understanding. From the “Doctrine of Signatures” of ancient Greece onward to Carl Linneaus’ penchant for mapping plant morphology onto animal anatomy, analogy continues to be a powerful and precocious technique for uncovering the meanings manifest in plant form. Books and have been central to this endeavor—as the means by which morphological knowledge was recorded and communicated, and indeed as an integral part the botanical world in itself. This talk will explore these themes in connection with the exhibition Found Among the Leaves; a Bibliophytology.

     


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