The Getty Center
October to January, 2016

The Getty Salad Garden, an installation of organic heirloom vegetables and salad greens growing in raised beds, pops up on the Getty Center grounds as the fascinating history of art and food come together in two special exhibitions: The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals, and Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Presented by artist and writer Julia Sherman, creator of the popular blog Salad for President, the Getty Salad Garden is conceived as a dynamic platform for conversations, drawing together a wide variety of creative voices. Like the format of her blog, Sherman will invite a range of artists and creative guests to join her in harvesting and making salads, emphasizing that the simple act of cooking together can be the catalyst for fascinating conversations and a fruitful creative exchange. Through sharing their artistic and culinary interests and the surprising ways they intersect, the conversations reveal the potential for a simple salad to invigorate our creative lives. Throughout the fall, the Getty Salad Garden will serve as an unexpected, playful space for investigations into the historical material on display in the galleries, infusing it with contemporary perspectives.

For the project, Sherman collaborated with urban gardeners Farmscape Gardens, and art-historian-turned-landscape-architect David Godshall of Terremoto Landscape. Together they have designed a garden which thoughtfully responds to the Getty Center's architecture and landscape, and utilizes rare seeds, including 19th-century varietals, that help preserve agricultural and culinary heritage. The garden will be drip-irrigated, using dramatically less water than a lawn requires.

The Getty Salad Garden will support a variety of projects documenting the salads and conversations Sherman has with exciting members of Los Angeles's artistic community. Through student workshops, intermittent public hours, and small gatherings, the Getty Salad Garden explores the unique way gardens inherently foster community, and hopes to inspire new encounters between visitors, artists, gardeners, cooks, museum staff, and works of art.

Meet Salad for President
Marcia Reed's Garden Salad
Ron Finlay's Banana Blossom Salad                   
Victoria Fu's Persimmon and Toasted Pecan Salad
The Personalities of Salad Greens, Captured in Watercolors
Seeing Trails' Crunchy Sprouted Salad                              
Crop Selection for the Getty Salad Garden
Robert Irwin's Brentwood Cobb Salad
Michael Parker's Bitter Greens Salad                   
Julian Hoeber's Pancetta and Bitter Greens Salad

About Julia Sherman
Julia Sherman is an artist who runs the blog Salad for President, an evolving artistic project that, in addition to serving as a resource for salad recipes, photography and interviews, draws meaningful connections between art and everyday life.

In 2014, Sherman created her first edible garden on the rooftop of MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art's contemporary art center in Queens, New York. The garden reimagined the previously unused rooftop of the museum as a public space for heirloom vegetables and various happenings, including a performance by renowned Fluxus artist Alison Knowles, who recreated her seminal 1962 piece, Make A Salad.

Salad for President has been featured in The New York Times, French Elle, Los Angeles Magazine, Lucky Peach, Food and Wine, Monocle and Cherry Bombe. In addition to her blog, Sherman's writing has appeared in art and literary journals such as Cabinet, X-TRA Magazine, and Triple Canopy. Her visual art has been shown at The Museum of Modern Art, the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, and The Jewish Museum. She earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Columbia University. Salad for President: The Cookbook will be published by Abrams Books in Spring 2016.

About Terremoto Landscape
David Godshall, landscape architect, principal and owner of Terremoto, creates landscape architectural work that is both formally and conceptually adventurous. By layering built experience with investigative conversations, research, and thought, Terremoto aims to create environments that are visually, ecologically, and intellectually provocative, as well as beautiful. Godshall's design for the Getty Salad Garden employs design elements that juxtapose the organic dynamics reflected in the Robert Irwin's Central Garden, with the geometry of the surrounding architecture of the Getty Center. Godshall received a Masters of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley in 2010, following his BA in Art History from UC Santa Barbara. He worked for renowned landscape offices Peter Walker and Partners and Surface Design before founding Terremoto.


About Farmscape Gardens
Farmscape Gardens is the largest urban farming venture in California. Their mission is to connect city dwellers with fresh, organic produce through a network of urban farms, while creating living wage jobs for the new generation of farmers. To date, Farmscape has installed over 500 urban farms and currently maintain more than 200 of those plots. Farmscape is led by CEO Dan Allen, a master gardener and a member of the LA Food Policy Council's Working Group on Urban Agriculture. He is also a periodic contributor to The Huffington Post and Seedstock.


The Getty Salad Garden is a project of the J. Paul Getty Museum Education Department and is made possible by the generosity of Anawalt Lumber, Bragg Live Food Products and Kellogg Garden Products.

To learn more about the Getty Salad Garden, contact Sarah Cooper, Public Program Specialist at, or 310-440-7327.

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