Farmlab Public Salon
Jane Tsong & Donna Conwell
Friday, June 27, 2008 @ Noon
About The Salon
Join artist Jane Tsong and curator Donna Conwell for a conversation.
Everything Is Still Alive is an artwork in which native California poppies were planted on patches of exposed earth from York Boulevard in Highland Park to Monterey Road in South Pasadena and San Marino. Spanning a historically working class Latino neighborhood to an upper-class enclave; where the poppies survive, orange blossoms reveal the disparate patterns of land management. More info. at the project website.
About the Salon Participants
Donna Conwell is project specialist at the department of Contemporary Programs and Research at the Getty Research Institute and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California'ss Public Art Studies graduate program. Her recent curatorial projects include From A to B, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The inSite Archive Project, inSite, San Diego-Tijuana. From June 2003 to September 2006 Conwell was associate curator of inSite_05 and co-curated eight public intervention projects. From November 2002 to June 2003 she was commissioning editor for Latinart.com, a web-based magazine concerning art and culture in the Americas and from September 2001 to November 2002 she served as assistant curator at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City.
Jane Tsong's works have appeared on the streets and in the art spaces of Southern California, the Midwest, New York City, San Antonio, and Milan. With Robert Powers, she collaborated on the Comfy City project, where the two created chairs out of abandoned streetside tree stumps. Several of these can still be seen in Highland Park. Her proposals for site-specific gardens have been finalists for public art commissions in Astoria, Oregon, the City of Ventura and the City of Los Angeles. Currently, Tsong is working on a permanent public artwork, set to open in 2011, for the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant in Seattle.
Photos courtesy Jane Tsong