Food-Themed Public Art Is Going to Pop Up All Over L.A. This Fall

Current: LA, the city’s public art triennial, returns with art installations and events across Los Angeles

If there’s one thing that pretty much all Angelenos can agree upon, it’s that this is one of the most diverse and exciting food cities in the world. Building on that idea is Current: LA Food, a citywide public art and event initiative that celebrates the many facets of food, with free programming in every part of L.A.

Running from October 5 to November 3, the project features 15 different teams of artists creating temporary public artworks to be installed in city parks. To accompany the art installations, there will be performances and events on a wide variety of food-inspired topics. Programming includes classes on cooking with solar power, celebrating global food traditions, a family picnic, and more.

Among the locations where Current: LA Food will pop up are Barnsdall Park, L.A. State Historic Park, Pershing Square, and the Venice Beach Recreation Center. There’s one representing each of the city’s 15 city council districts, and they’re all free, accessible public spaces.

“By offering events for free in public parks, Current: LA Food invites people to engage with food issues, building a civic dialogue that challenges us as a human family,” Danielle Brazell, general manager of the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs said in a statement announcing the event. “We hope residents and visitors alike will experience as many of these unique events as they can, exploring the art, the urgent issues, and the city itself.”

This is the second iteration of Current: LA. The first one took place in 2016 with a similarly universal theme, water.

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