Sundays @ Not A Cornfield
DRUM CIRCLE + CORN PLANTING + ORAL HISTORY BOOTH +
SUNDAY AUGUST 21 @ 3-7pm
Growing in the historic center of Los Angeles, the Not A 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' has remained derelict for more than a decade. Serving as both a potent metaphor and as a means of cleansing the soil, the planting of the corn reclaims this lost fertile area and aims to give a focus for reflection and action in a city unclear about the location of its energetic and historic center.
Sundays @ Not A Cornfield brings people together into a hand-planted "eye" within the mechanically planted cornfield in order to work, talk and make music together, thereby bringing a communal energy to the project and allowing the handmade versus mechanically-made edge to hum.
Interpretive Tours 3pm
Drum Circle w/ musician Michael McCall 4-6pm
BRING A DRUM OR INSTRUMENT
Corn Planting w/ gardener Jaime Lopez 4-6pm
Oral History Booth w/ RadioSonideros 4-6pm (at Millie's)
Story Series -- Ralph Lopez-Urbina In Conversation with Susan Phillips regarding graffiti and the L.A. River 6pm
Lauren Bon's recent urban, public and land art projects have included actions in Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, Belgrade and Los Angeles. Her sculptures, installations and other works have been exhibited at venues around the world, including the UCLA Hammer Art Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art; and the Museum of Modern Art, Belfast. Bon holds a Masters of Architecture degree from MIT and a BA from Princeton.
Susan A. Phillips is the author of "Wallbangin: Graffiti and Gangs in L.A." and is currently director of the Center for California Cultural and Social Issues at Pitzer College. Her interest in the L.A. River as a graffiti space led her to document graffiti there dating to 1914. She continues to teach and write about gang culture.
Ralph "Rafas" Lopez-Urbina grew up in Dog Town/Lincoln Heights in the '30s and '40s, swimming in the L.A. River and writing in tar on the rail tracks. In 1968, he founded Con Safos, the Chicano literary journal. He taught Chicano Studies and English at Cal State Dominguez Hills, and now writes from his home in Baldwin Park.
Not A Cornfield 1201 North Spring Street Phone: 323.226.1158 Always free to the public, handicapped accessible Free parking at South and North Gates
DIRECTIONS (SOUTH GATE): From the intersection of North Spring and College (Gold Line - Chinatown stop) take North Spring north 2 blocks to the northern end of the project site. The entrance is on the left, co-located at 1799 Baker Street.
For more information, a live webcam, and a map, please visit the Not A Cornfield website www.notacornfield.info