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The banana, unpeeled

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In a story that ran in Calendar today, George Ducker writes about two new art exhibits that deal with the cultivation, consumption and nature of bananas. The first, ‘Fallen Fruit,’ is at LACE gallery and was staged by the L.A.-based collective Fallen Fruit. It features images and video from a banana plantation in Colombia and shows how laborious the task of bringing bananas to American grocery stores really is. Too bad bananas don’t fall off trees in L.A.

The other exhibit, ‘Fresh ‘n Easy,’ opens Saturday at a gallery in Highland Park called Another Year in L.A. Together. It, too, is staged by Fallen Fruit, but it focuses more on the collective’s public outreach efforts over the years, most notably including its map of L.A. fruit trees that hang over walls and are thus considered public property and free to be picked.

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-- Jessica Gelt


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