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Friday Nights @ Not A Cornfield: Salon
Friday, September 16, 2005 / 7:30pm - 10:30pm

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"Agri(c)ulture: What's Growing in LA?"

Lauren Bon in discussion with Marty Kaplan, Jenna Didier, and Janet Owen.

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Not A Cornfield LLC
1745 North Spring #4
Los Angeles, CA 90012 (323) 226-1158
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- All events and activities are FREE.
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EVENING PROGRAM

Los Angeles is frequently billed as a sprawling and de-centered city where culture grows small in the shadow of a flourishing entertainment industry. For those of us who live inside this unique metropolis however, the experience is both richer and more complex than that. Non-traditional exhibition and project venues; cross-fertilizations between the arts and entertainment industries; an increasing focus on the role of art and artists in cultivating healthy, sustainable civic, social and public spaces these things are not just burgeoning but positively flowering in our city, and most particularly in downtown L.A. What's growing in LA? How are these emerging cultural forms and initiatives impacting lived experience in the urban environment? What could grow in this city if culture's roots are well fed and watered? Join Not a Cornfield artist Lauren Bon, director of the Norman Lear Center Marty Kaplan, writer and curator Janet Owen, and designer, engineer and founder of Materials & Applications Jenna Didier for a discussion of these questions and some the many issues arising at the intersection of culture and the public realm.

ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHTS @ NOT A CORNFIELD

Friday Nights @ Not A Cornfield brings people together in order to share, engage, energize, and enhance the organic nexus that is this project.

ABOUT THE NOT A CORNFIELD ART PROJECT

Growing in the historic center of Los Angeles, the Not Cornfield project transforms an industrial brownfield site into a cornfield for one agricultural cycle. Now the Los Angeles Historic State Park, the site popularly known as 'The Cornfield' had remained derelict for more than a decade. The project serves as a potent metaphor that provides a focus for reflection and action in a city unclear about the location of its energetic and historic center.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Martin Kaplan, whose career has spanned entertainment, journalism, politics and academia, is Associate Dean at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and director of the Norman Lear Center a multidisciplinary research center exploring the impact of entertainment on society. Marty leads the Grand Intervention, an initiative focused on the development of 16-acres of land in downtown LA, which intends to make sure that the most exciting ideas regarding public space, and specifically this important public space, are brought to light.

Jenna Didier is the founder and director of Materials & Applications, an outdoor exhibition space in Silver Lake that focuses on transarchitectural installations. In addition to producing twice-yearly installations that can be visited any time, 24 hours a day, M & A hosts regular open air discussions, workshops, and film screenings. Jenna is also the Principal and Lead Design Engineer of Fountainhead, a water feature design company that pursues new and environmentally sustainable approaches to public space and the built environment.

Janet Owen is a Co-director of Raid Projectsm, a non-commercial art venue in the Brewery that facilitates and ventilates Los Angeles cultural production to the world, and vice versa. To this end Raid annually hosts 21 projects by international, national and locally emerging artists; takes 4-6 projects abroad for exhibition; and administers a year-round international residency program. A writer and curator, Janet is the Founding Director of the AIM internationalfestival of time-based media, a member of adjunct faculty in the Public Art Studies department at USC and a consultant with Not A Cornfield.

ABOUT LAUREN BON, NOT A CORNFIELD ARTIST

Not a Cornfield artist, Lauren Bon resides in Los Angeles and holds a Masters of Architecture degree from MIT and a BA from Princeton. Ms. Bon is a trustee of the Annenberg Foundation and President of Not A Cornfield, LLC.  Her recent urban, public and land art projects in the U.S., Hong Kong, Belfast and Northern Ireland, as well as her role as a trustee, make her uniquely poised to build the capacity of the Foundation in the area of site based philanthropy, serving communities through education, civic, health, artistic initiatives and programs.   Not a Cornfield art project is being developed through a grant by Annenberg Foundation.

 

 

 

March 31, 2006:
The Not A Cornfield project team has handed the keys to the Cornfield site back to State Parks and moved across the street into our new offices at 1745 Spring St.
Contact State Parks for public access and information about tours and open hours.

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For Group and school tours, please call Carmelo Alvarez at (323) 226-1158


 
 
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