Clean me up

safe_image.php             Nearly 4,000 Los Angeles kids, teachers and volunteers send a giant text message from the ocean to “CLEAN ME UP :)” as part of the 21st annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up organized by the Malibu Foundation, City of Los Angeles, Spectral Q, Keep LA Beautiful and the California Coastal Commission in Los Angeles May 15, 2014. The kids are alerting the world about the need to help the ocean and protect it from the everyday trash and plastic litter that flow down the streets, killing marine life and polluting food resources. Photo Credit: Jeff Pantukhoff, Spectral Q, Kids Ocean Day.

El Paso Museum of Art Friday, June 6 Water water pean to a vanishing resource

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Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles, May 8-June 22, 2014


* Amazing and profound. Great works and terrific idea. “Parallel Paths” displays and exposes not just the history of Palestinians, Native Americans & Irish, but also the history of human suffering & conditioning, from displacement to abandonment (?) to oppression. This exhibit is an opportunity for all & everyone to open their eyes to the horrors in our history & open theirs hearts & minds to bring those to an end.


* A beautiful, profound, enlightening and moving exhibition. The links are delicately yet clearly drawn. The texts are (?) research and written and the artworks are richly varied and (?). I smiled much more than I expected to! I am Irish-American, so I was especially struck by Irish History Lesson 1 & 2, which evoke some of what “Irishness” feels like to me. “Flying Lesson #7 is sheer, surprising joy. An amazing exhibition.

—Signature unreadable

* As someone interested in history, seeing a real Palestinian passport issued by the British was amazing and of course sad. I wish I knew what happened to the owner of the passport and their families.

–Arielle Ziarty


The Map is not the territory in Los Angeles

Dear all,

Please join us to “The Map is not the Territory”, a nomadic group exhibition curated by Jennifer Heath and Dagmar Painter now passing through L.A.

Many artists, including my self, are participating to this poignant investigation of the experience and concept of territory. For more info please see details below. Do pop by if you can and spread the word to the world.

Thank you




Parallel Paths: Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish

May 8, 2014 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Free to the public, contributions welcome
Inside/Outside Gallery
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking

“The map is not the territory,” a phrase coined by Alfred Korzybski, is the lesser-known counterpart to Magritte’s charming “This is not a pipe.” Unlike “This is not a pipe”–an image that has been rendered safe by multiple reproductions and parodies, by now of little relevance unless you are an Art History major–the phrase “the map is not the territory” is charged with political and cultural meaning of the most subversive sort. This meaning inspires the upcoming exhibit at the Inside/Outside Gallery, conceived by by Jennifer Heath and co-curated by Heath and Dagmar Painter.


One land, divided by walls and nomenclature like “annexed,” “territory,” “Manifest Destiny,” until it is in bloody fragments. One people, divided by one thing, and then another, until they can barely recognize their own kin. Like blown dandelion seeds, people venturing out from their homeland, only to find themselves always looking backwards, and wondering how to retrace their steps. Such are the images and anxieties at the heart of The Map is Not the Territory: Parallel Paths: Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish.


In 66 works by 39 artists, The Map Is Not the Territory looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation, and colonization–not as novelty or polemic, but as history and current events. Although many peoples worldwide have suffered long and often brutal intrusions, Palestinians, Native Americans and the Irish have intersected for centuries in specific and often unusual ways. What are some of these intersections and how do contemporary artists examine and process them through their own lives and visions? The Map Is Not the Territory opened in 2013 at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds in Washington, D.C.–the first stop for this five-year traveling art exhibition, 2013-2018. See a Washington Post review of the show.


These artists explore the profound specific and unusual intersections between the three cultures with original paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, artist books, and films. They consider such topics as conflict, resistance, land, food, diaspora, identity, and persistence. The show is comprised of sixty-four unframed works on paper (and two media pieces). Most of the artists are Palestinian, Native American, and Irish and include leading artists with international reputations, such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Hani Zurob and Rita Duffy. Eight brief wall texts provide the threads to each culture’s struggles for human and civil rights.