The Skirball Cultural Center is pleased to present an exhibition project with the Los Angeles-based art collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young). The name is derived from a passage in the book of Leviticus: "When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger." Fallen Fruit's community-based projects use fruit as a medium to explore social engagement. The themes of generosity and sharing that guide their work align with the Skirball's mission of hospitality, equality, and civility.
After exploring the Skirball's permanent collection of Jewish cultural artifacts, Burns and Young found initial inspiration for their project in a seventeenth-century ketubbah (marriage contract)-specifically the decorative use of the pomegranate, a symbol of fertility and marriage in Jewish culture as well as many others. Focused on this fruit, the artists will research the emotional, cultural, and intellectual "ingredients that make for a great relationship" during the course of an artist residency at the Skirball. Inspired by the symbolism and beauty of pomegranates, Fallen Fruit will collaborate with the public to create a new relationship contract inspired by Jewish heritage, and to explore contemporary attitudes about love and relationships. Check back here for updates on availability!