Art for Earth’s Sake: Dirty Topic: Environmental Justice in L.A. Art.
Sunday, November 20, 2022
MOCA Geffen Contemporary
With Eric Avila and Kim Abeles. Moderated by Jennifer Swan.
Many Angelenos live in neighborhoods devastated by the environmental blights of polluted air (from refineries, manufacturing, shipping, freeway and air traffic) and toxic waste at brownfield sites. Some LA artists have found ways to bear witness to this environmental (in)justice, like the Chicano painters Carlos Almaraz, David Botello and Frank Romero, who captured Boyle Heights destroyed by freeways, to contemporary artists making art about lead-contaminated soil at the Exide battery plant in Southeast L.A. and about the invisible killer: smog.
How much can these works serve as a call to action?
Art for Earth’s Sake is organized by Frances Anderton, Producer, with Livia Mandoul, Associate Producer
MOCA’s environmental programming series highlights the museum’s work around climate, conservation, and environmental justice. Guided by the work of the MOCA Environmental Council, the first sustainability council at a major arts museum in the United States, this series presents artists, activists, and scholars committed to critical ecological issues in Los Angeles and globally.
The 2022 series is made possible by Nora McNeely Hurley and Manitou Fund.
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