Let’s Become Fungal in David Horvitz’s 7th Avenue Garden

The Garden, courtesy of Terremoto and David Horvitz

For her first visit to Los Angeles, Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodríguez joined Active Cultures, David Horvitz, Shanhuan Manton, and many friends, collaborators, and the public for a regenerative community barbeque in David’s 7th Avenue Garden. Together we cooked mushrooms in the ground oven, ate tacos, fed the garden with food scraps, and talked fungi and crows.

The afternoon included a durational session of gongfu cha, Chinese refined tea service (and garden foliage), with Shanhuan Manton. Artbook met us to celebrate Yasmine’s book Let’s Become Fungal! with a book-signing, readings, and more.

Special thanks to Māhealani Farms, El Machete, and Fatima Juarez and Conrado Rivera of Komal for their generous contributions.

About the Artists

Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodríguez
Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodríguez is a curator, writer, and researcher working at the intersection of art and ecology. She is the founder and director of the Green Art Lab Alliance (established in 2012); a network comprising sixty art organizations across Europe, Latin America, and Asia and of the Future Materials Bank; a crowd-sourced...
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Shanhuan Manton
Shanhuan is an interspecies inquirer and filmmaker composting established methods of cinematic storytelling to alchemize extractive methods of production into regenerative rituals, oriented towards making real the possibilities of speculative worlds by utilizing collective storytelling as a transformative cultural practice. They also facilitate a roaming tea ritual that opens nonlinear...
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David Horvitz
An ocean romantic, David Horvitz is an artist based in Los Angeles. His expansive, nomadic body of work is presented through the forms of photographs, artist books, performances, memes, mail art, sound, rubber stamps, walks, and watercolor. His actions––often gestures of poetic resistance––explore varying conceptions of time, space, and letting...
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About The Garden

The 7th Avenue Garden was created by David Horvitz and Terremoto. It is located on a vacant lot across from Horvitz’s studio where a house had burned down in an old Japanese neighborhood where Horvitz spent his childhood. It consists of remnants of the demolished LACMA buildings, oyster and clam shells, a crow perch, sea urchins, stones, broken ceramics, Turkish fishing nets, bells, found mirrors, hundreds of native plant species, and structures built from fallen trees in Los Angeles for hosting performances.


Yasmine Ostendorf-Rodríguez: A Micro-Residency is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Our programs this year are also made possible through the generous support of the Board of Directors; the Gatherers Annual Fund; the Los Angeles Visual Arts (LAVA) Coalition; the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan; and by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture.

Event Details

DATE: May 5, 2024 TIME: 12 – 4 PM

LOCATION: 1911 7th Ave and West Washington Blvd


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