"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
SAN FRANCISCO—Please join the Land of Milk & Honey curatorial team at the Steppling Art Gallery (Calexico) for these closing events. Curators will be available to answer questions and discuss projects pertaining to the exhibition. This casual event is free and open to the public.
Land of Milk & Honey celebrates the cultural significance of agriculture and foodways in the shared regions of California and Mexico. Iterations of this program have occurred at SEVEN arts and culture venues and included over SIXTY artists and collaborators. Closing events will take place on December 1 & 2, 2023 and include a pop-up dinner event, a curator Meet and Greet, and an exploration into Japanese diaspora with artist Shinpei Takeda. The events will end with a celebratory toast and cake. See below for events info.
noon-2 pmCurator/Artist Meet and GreetSteppling Art Gallery, San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus720 Heber Ave Calexico, CA 92231
5 pmArtist Discussion – Virtual Space for Collective Memorycasa la linea – arte contemporaneo947 E 1st St, Calexico, CA 92231As a part of Shinpei Takeda’s “Float for Reclamation (Limit of your Safe Space II)” the artist and participating collaborators will meeting in a Virtual Space they made together to discuss their project exploring collective memory of Japanese Diaspora on the both sides of the border. It will be real-time broadcasted onsite and will be broadcast virtually. casa la linea – arte contemporaneo is an independent art space located directly adjacent to the border fence.
6 pmClosing Celebration
We invite you to stay at casa la linea – arte contemporaneo after the artist discussion for a celebratory toast. MexiCali Biennial project manager, researcher and Land of Milk & Honey co-curator April Lillard-Gomez will be serving cake to celebrate a successful run. Lillard-Gomez is a classically trained chef who conceived of Land of Milk & Honey as a way to honor the memory of loved ones from her home state of Oklahoma, the Dust Bowl refugees that migrated to the region, and the numerous peoples who have left a cultural blueprint in the area. As a mother of a recently diagnosed child with celiac disease, she is now a dedicated gluten free baker – continuing the cultural, social and biological impacts of foodways within her research. To learn more about celiac disease, please visit the Celiac Disease Foundation at celiac.org.
This project is supported by a Humanities for All Project Grant.