Armory Center for the Arts to Host Exhibition on Seeds and Sustainability

Exhibition explores how seeds can inspire solutions to climate change and social unrest
Published on Jun 22, 2024

[Photo credit: Armory Center for the Arts]

Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena is set to open a new exhibition that explores the role of seeds in imagining sustainable futures amid environmental and social challenges. The show, titled “From the Ground Up: Nurturing Diversity in Hostile Environments,” will feature works by 16 contemporary artists and artist teams.

Organized by curator Irene Georgia Tsatsos, the exhibition, which runs from Aug. 9 to Feb. 23, 2025, aims to bridge familiar distinctions between art and science while exploring practices and traditions that predate contemporary understandings of those disciplines. It looks to seeds for inspiration and guidance on how to navigate current and coming hostile environments.

The exhibition is part of PST ART: Art & Science Collide, a regional arts event exploring intersections of art and science. It involves more than 50 exhibitions from organizations across the region and follows previous Pacific Standard Time initiatives, supported by the Getty.

Artists participating in the exhibition include Charmaine Bee, Nikesha Breeze, Carl Cheng, and Olivia Chumacero, among others. Their works will explore diverse technologies, histories of contested spaces, and traditional understandings of nature to envision alternative, sustainable futures.

The exhibition draws parallels between seeds lying dormant on forest floors, waiting for fire seasons to promote new growth, and the potential for renewal in challenging times. It aims to present artworks, knowledge traditions, and histories that converge across space and time.

Starting Aug. 9, “From the Ground Up: Nurturing Diversity in Hostile Environments” will be open on Fridays from 2-6 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m., with free admission for all visitors.

The Armory Center for the Arts, located at 145 N. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, continues its tradition of presenting thought-provoking exhibitions that address contemporary issues. This show promises to offer unique perspectives on sustainability and resilience through the lens of art and science.

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