Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), 2015
Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), 2015. This custom designed wallpaper echoes the 19th century and the era of the founding of art museums in the United States.

Paradise installation photo

Fallen Fruit of Portland

Paradise is part of Fallen Fruit of Portland, a suite of five site-specific projects taking place throughout Portland in October and November 2015. Other Fallen Fruit of Portland projects include Urban Fruit Trails, The Geography of We (a youth curated exhibition at Caldera), Division of Identification, and the commissioning of eight Oregon-based artist projects. All projects are presented by Caldera and funded by a Creative Heights grant from The Oregon Community Foundation. For more information on the Fallen Fruit of Portland projects or Caldera, please visit http://calderaarts.org/caldera/.

Paradise

Fallen Fruit
(David Burns and Austin Young)

OCT 24, 2015 – JAN 17, 2016

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“…I was upon the summit of a tall mountain which commands a bewildering prospect of that loved valley… The birds of autumn caroled their soft melodies around, and the blushing flowret bent at the feet of the intruder… Away to the north was the smoke wreathing above the trees which clustered around the lone mission-house and I thought there was an altar to God, and incense from the bosom of the wilderness.”
—Excerpt from A Sketch of the Oregon Territory, or Emigrant’s Guide, Philip L. Edwards, 1842.

By the 1850s, the rutted Oregon Trail ferried large numbers of settlers into the heart of the Willamette Valley. A steady diet of florid guidebooks promised a fecund new Eden where everything grew. Oregon came packaged as a vision of “paradise,” ripe with possibility and a symbol of Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny.

The artist collaborative Fallen Fruit will explore Oregon’s paradisiacal backyard through the lens of Portland Art Museum’s permanent collection. Based in Los Angeles, artists David Allen Burns and Austin Young create site-specific projects using fruit to examine concepts of place, history, and issues of representation often addressing questions of public space.

The apple is a fruit that has come to represent the hearty bounty of the Northwest with deep connections to the landscape and of westward movement. It’s often a symbol of moral questioning and serves as a metaphoric reference to the Garden of Eden. In Paradise, Fallen Fruit will create an eye-popping immersive art installation in the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Sculpture Court using the Portland Art Museum’s permanent collections to thematically explore concepts of “paradise,” sublime landscape, and the greater Northwest.

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Allen Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, Burns and Young have continued the collaborative work. Fallen Fruit began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. The collaboration has expanded to include serialized public projects and site-specific installations which invite the public to experience the world as a fruitful place. The artists have realized projects at a range of institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Hammer Museum-UCLA, Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, and Prospect 3 New Orleans.

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Supported in part by Miller Meigs Endowment for Contemporary Art, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Jo Whitsell, ARC Document Solutions, and the Exhibition Series Sponsors.

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Oct
24
Sat
OPENS: Paradise: Fallen Fruit
Oct 24 all-day

Paradise: Fallen Fruit

October 24, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Paradise is part of Fallen Fruit of Portland, a suite of five site-specific projects taking place throughout Portland in October and November 2015. Other Fallen Fruit of Portland projects include Urban Fruit TrailsThe Geography of We (a youth curated exhibition at Caldera), Division of Identification, and the commissioning of eight Oregon-based artist projects. All projects are presented by Caldera and funded by a Creative Heights grant from The Oregon Community Foundation. For more information on the Fallen Fruit of Portland projects or Caldera, please visit http://calderaarts.org/caldera/.

 

Miller Family Free Day
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join the Museum and Caldera for “A Day in Paradise,” celebrating Fallen Fruit of Portland and the opening of the exhibition Paradise.

Family programs are generously supported in part by Sharon L. Miller and Family, the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, and the Lamb Baldwin Foundation.

A Day in Paradise
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), 2015
Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), 2015. This custom designed wallpaper echoes the 19th century and the era of the founding of art museums in the United States.

Over the past year, artists David Allen Burns and Austin Young have built relationships across communities in Portland to create and collaborate on a range of works that speak to the history of the region, using the iconic Northwest apple as their lens. Join us for a day- long exploration of this ambitious project, Fallen Fruit of Portland, which includes the opening of their large-scale exhibition Paradise as well as various artist commissions and other fruitful experiences.

A Day in Paradise confirmed artists include Natalie Ball, William Cravis, Bruce Conkle, Tahni Holt, Horatio Law, Jess Perlitz, DeAngelo Raines,and Caldera Youth.

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All activities will be free as part of Miller Family Free Day.


ACTIVITIES IN AND NEAR THE MUSEUM

FRUIT MAGAZINE
Noon – 4pm
In one day the public, along with David Burns and Austin Young, will use fruit and its metaphors to create a limited edition contemporary culture magazine. Fruit Magazine‘s Portland­ specific content will feature native languages and visual vocabularies that reflect Portland’s diversity. “Fruit Magazine” will be published as a downloadable PDF accessible at w​ww.CalderaArts.org/FallenFruitPDX​ and w​ww.fallenfruit.org/fallenfruitmagazine​.

APPLES & POMEGRANATES, TAHNI HOLT
1 & 3pm
Building on the mythological idea of Eve eating the apple in the Garden of Eden, this is a solo dance performance that walks the fault line between rejected female stereotypes and embodied expression, wrestling with first impressions, assumptions and associations, motherhood, sensationalism, emotionality, sexuality, an image/time­bound body, and the body in the present moment.  Sound Score and technical support by Luke Wyland.

WARHOOP FLASHMOB, NATALIE BALL
2pm
Natalie will facilitate War Hooping as used in battle by Native Americans across the country. Also known as a battle cry, Li-Li is a vocal projection used for intimidation, celebration, and energy charge. Women use Lii-Lii which is a tongue/vocal projection that is LOUD! They still do them today. Natalie will bring people from her tribe to do Lii-Lii, but everyone in the attendance will be invited to participate with them.

A MONUMENT FOR BICYCLISTS, BILL CRAVIS
Noon – 4pm
South Parks Block by the equestrian statue of  Theodore Roosevelt across from Portland Art Museum
Portland bicyclists become temporary “living statues” in the South Parks neighborhood, alongside the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt. A small replica of the concrete plinth supporting the Roosevelt statue will be placed near to the original. Bicyclists will be invited to become temporary “living statues” atop the miniature plinth, which will be photographed. These urban bicyclists will be displayed as today’s heroes – contemporary mavericks who play an active role in reducing the threat of global climate change. Photos will be placed online so that participants can download them.

THE RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSHIP, DeANGELO RAINS
Noon – 4pm
South Parks Blocks at the Lincoln Statue
With the belief that barriers to identification can be overcome, DeAngelo Raines proposes a performative social engagement installation to exhibit multiple handshakes from 7 different archetypes of the adult African-American Male.

ROCK MOVING ROCKS, JESS PERLITZ
11am – 4pm (ending at the Museum)
The route for the rock will begin near the Hawthorne Bridge moving along the Eastbank Esplanade, over the Tilikum Crossing, ending at the Art Museum.
For a day, along the west shore of the Willamette River in Portland, the artist will be a rock and will move other rocks, engaging with the surrounding world. Inspired by landscape and landscaping, landmarks and monuments, natural disaster and our never ending attempts for control, this piece will be an action that unfolds over the course of 5 hours. The r​ock w​ill have arms and legs available so that it may move other similar objects, rest, and engage with people as needed. The rock does not talk. But it does try to communicate through music, action, and presence. Stay tuned to @jess_perlitz on Twitter for the rock’s whereabouts.

THE DIVISION OF IDENTIFICATION
All day
Throughout the Park Blocks through January 17
These selected portraits are sourced from a volume of police arrest mug shots found in the City of Portland Archives collections.  Created by the Division of Identification, now the Police Identification Division, the photos date between 1947 and 1954. The body of works is presented as a photographic installation in public space that unmasks issues of humanity often camouflaged by social stereotypes and ill-repute of “the other.”  The large scale black and white photographic portraits have been installed throughout the Park Blocks of Downtown Portland the same historic locations where people have been arrested for “vagrancy” or other social crimes. “The Division of Identification” is part of Fallen Fruit of Portland presented by Caldera through a Creative Heights grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. Caldera students will interview the public and each other about reactions to the portraits for broadcast on KBOO.

OFFSITE ACTIVITIES

THE CULTURE OF WE
Saturday, October 24 – Friday, November 13
Wieden+Kennedy Gallery (224 NW 13th Ave. Portland, OR 97209)
The Culture of We showcases the power of creativity through the voices of Caldera students. Caldera mentors and youth will meet with Fallen Fruit at the Portland Art Museum, as they install Paradise, and learn how they curate their exhibitions. Students will then take that learning back to the Wieden+Kennedy Gallery, where they will curate their own student companion exhibition, The Culture of We. Fallen Fruit will develop another custom-designed, apple-themed wallpaper upon which Caldera student work will be displayed. Hung salon-style, artwork will create a dialogue of how the individual contributes to community while reflecting unique youth perspectives, reactions, and inspirations. This exhibition highlights Caldera’s focus on the integration of art and nature and the powerful work Caldera does with special guest artists like Fallen Fruit.

Plus more! Learn more about all of the A Day in Paradise activities times and locations.

 

Oct
27
Tue
Public Tour: Paradise
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Nov
15
Sun
Fallen Fruit Artist Talk
Nov 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fallen Fruit was formed in 2004 when artists David Allen Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young collaborated to map the locations of “public fruit” growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. Burns and Young have continued the project by focusing on fruit as both an artistic medium and subject. Their projects range from community events, performances, and public actions to photography, video, and immersive installations drawn from the mining of site- specific collections. Fallen Fruit examines the social, economic, and political implications of our relationship with fruit and believe that “fruit is the lens through which we look at the world.” Hear more about their contemporary art practice and their ambitious project Fallen Fruit of Portland.

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Dec
9
Wed
Midday Art Break
Dec 9 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Stephanie Parrish on Fallen Fruit

Take a break from your workday on the second Wednesday of the month and join a curator, museum educator, artist, or local scholar for a 45-minute talk in the galleries.

Space is limited. Advance tickets recommended.

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Dec
17
Thu
Art & Conversation
Dec 17 @ 9:15 am – 11:15 am

Stephanie Parrish on Fallen Fruit

Join us the third Thursday of every month for coffee and conversation followed by a lecture or film screening.

Coffee at 9:15 a.m.; lecture at 10:15am. This series is free for adults 55 and over.

Jan
17
Sun
CLOSES: Paradise: Fallen Fruit
Jan 17 all-day

Paradise: Fallen Fruit

October 24, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Paradise is part of Fallen Fruit of Portland, a suite of five site-specific projects taking place throughout Portland in October and November 2015. Other Fallen Fruit of Portland projects include Urban Fruit TrailsThe Geography of We (a youth curated exhibition at Caldera), Division of Identification, and the commissioning of eight Oregon-based artist projects. All projects are presented by Caldera and funded by a Creative Heights grant from The Oregon Community Foundation. For more information on the Fallen Fruit of Portland projects or Caldera, please visit http://calderaarts.org/caldera/.