The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

Tree #11 / Lee
Nalini Nadkarni loves trees so much that she works with scientists, artists, and students to preserve rain-forest canopies; brings trees into prisons for the benefit of the incarcerated; and equips conifers with paint and canvases so they can express their artistic yearnings.

David Mas Masumoto loves fruit trees so much that he wrote An Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm when his family's orchard of Sun Crest peaches was threatened. He feared the end of the kind of peach that, as you grasp it, "Your mouth waters in anticipation. You lean over the sink to make sure you don't drip on yourself. Then you sink your teeth into the flesh, and the juice trickles down your cheeks and dangles on your chin."

Jennifer Steinkamp loves trees so much that she painstakingly encodes images of their every detail to create mesmerizing video projections of trees with thousands of individual leaves and branches, each moving to the rhythm of an invisible breeze.

Trees provide food, fuel, shelter, shade, beauty, cleaner air, and the raw material for everything from paper to homes. But beyond their practical use, trees stimulate the spirit and imagination and carry deep symbolism. Trees gave knowledge to Adam and Eve, enlightenment to Buddha, and gravity to Isaac Newton. Laurels meant victory for the ancient Greeks and Romans; cedars signify revolution and independence for Lebanon; and palms and jacarandas convey the promise of Los Angeles. In conjunction with the exhibition In Focus: The Tree, Bob Sipchen, editor of Sierra magazine discusses the beauty and meaning of trees, and why we love them, with these three inspiring tree lovers. Presented with Zócalo Public Square.

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