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Image Summer Stage: BRIDGE PROJECTS
Visit LA's BRIDGE PROJECTS gallery and take a virtual tour of their current exhibition "To Bough and to Bend."

From the exhibition description: "The Bodhi Tree is said to be the site of Siddhārtha Gautama’s awakening as the Buddha. The Tree of Life is found in both the beginning of the Jewish Tanakh and in the last book of the Christian Scriptures. Ancient Chinook prayers address God as the “Maker of Trees.” As the novelist Richard Powers said, trees are rightly called “architecture of imagination.” Their shade and branches have been sites of contemplation, suffering, and imagining our renewal.

Today, trees still speak: blunt stumps communicate deforestation and charred limbs speak of Los Angeles fires started by our own hands—or our negligence. New discoveries of communicating root systems speak to a tangled web of connections just below the surface of the visible world, just as LA’s iconic—and imported—palms evoke a colonial past. In To Bough and To Bend, artists explore these ecological issues and look to both religious and historic art practices that help us listen to these old friends, so that we might find our way back into the living world we share."

BRIDGE PROJECTS exhibits solo and group shows and commissions new works by local and international artists. Their work highlights connections among art history, spirituality, living religious traditions, and contemporary art practices. Learn more:


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Jun 26, 2020 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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