Ron Benner donated a digital print of photographic/garden installation, to the online charity art auction To:Beirut. The piece is now up for auction. Please share with your networks. You can also share directly from the To:Beirut Instagram account.
Cuiltlacoche: Your disease our delicacy, was originally a photographic/garden installation commissioned for Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario by Barbara Fischer and the project was curated by Su-Ying Lee in 2012. The garden consisted of images of cuilacoche, (corn smut), text and Native American plants including maize, tomato, marigold, morning glory...
Juno award-winning performer Lorraine Klaasen visits Ron Benner's garden installation at Museum London
On August 20, 2020, legendary Juno award-winning performer Lorraine Klaasen visits Ron Benner’s photographic/garden installation As the Crow Flies, and Black Lives Matter exhibit at Museum London.
Daughter of legendary South African Jazz singer Thandie Klaasen, Lorraine Klaasen is one of the few South African artists preserving the classic sound of Township Music—the most distinctive genre to come out of South Africa. Born and raised in Soweto, now based in London, Ontario, Lorraine has electrified audiences worldwide with her dynamic stage presence and showmanship. As a promoter of the performing arts for Canadian youth, Klaasen has lent her support to various groups and organizations such as RapSohD Talented Teens Canada. see Lorraine's recent virtual living room performance here.
Photo Credits: Jamelie Hassan
Huitlacoche found growing on garden installation, As the Crow Flies, for the first time at Museum London
For the first time in the 15 year history of Ron Benner's photographic/garden installation As the Crow Flies, huitlacoche was found growing on the top of one of the Purple Peruvian corn plants. Huitlacoche (or corn smut) is considered a delicacy in Mexico. It is fried in oil along with onions and chilies and served in a tortilla. It is very delicious.
Photo Credit: Dr. Sidney Siu
Flashback to last summer of a video of London artist Ron Benner at his garden installation As the Crow Flies at Museum London for his annual corn roast in August 2019. Part sculpture, part installation, and part performance, this event features Benner’s roving corn-roasting wagon Maiz Barbacoa. \
Musician Frank Ridsdale music is in the background with resolute songs covering a wide geographical range from the Port Stanley harbour to Latin American revolutionary songs. visit www.ronbenner.ca for more about Ron's work. Due to health measures in response to the CoVid 19 pandemic, this year's corn roast has unfortunately been cancelled.
Studio Magazine's Spring/Summer issue includes discussion of Ron Benner's Anthro-Apologies: And the Trees Grew Inwards
Check out the article Art as engagement: creative ideation in the fight to save the planet on Terra Observer’s recently launched page! Written by Olivia Mossuto, the article is in conversation with myself, Christina Battle, and Shelley Niro on how art is changing our relationship to the environment.
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It was great to meet Andrew Kear, Head of Exhibitions, Museum London, and give him a tour of As The Crow Flies, a photographic/garden installation on the grounds of the Museum in August 2019. Museum London produced this video in 2020 as part of their Museum Stories, created by Adam Caplan.