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Social Art, Ambiguity, Oil, Critique, Compromise, and Los Angeles Art Museums – Robby Herbst

The truth is that strategies of liar’s poker are inevitable today, as cultural institutions both public and private try to mediate between the logic of profit and prestige and the desire for alternative valuations. But that can be put more bluntly; in the age of corporate patronage and the neoliberal state, art is becoming a field of extreme hypocrisy. And so it directly reflects the crisis of the representative democracies. – Brian Holmes, Liars Poker

On May 22nd Fallen Fruit, the Silverlake based eco-artist collective organized Tomato Hootenanny in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) BP Grand Plaza. This was the first iteration of EATLACMA, a yearlong collaboration between the museum and the collective. At the hootenanny the old-time band Triple Chicken Foot provided music and Fallen Fruit gave away tomato plant starts to museum visitors. Nothing out of the ordinary for a collective committed to stimulating peoples connections. Bow to your partner, bow to your corner, now promenade back home and plant this tomato and consider the relationships between your partner, your corner, your concept of what art is, hierarchical institutions, and this hybridized species of Lycopersicon esculentum. Continue reading