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Nov 16, 04:26 pm

THE GAIA HYPOTHESIS CHAPTER TWO: PALM TREES ALSO DIE Friday, November 17th, 2023 Opening Reception 6pm - 10pm THE ELEMENTAL Palm Springs, California

THE GAIA HYPOTHESIS
CHAPTER TWO: PALM TREES ALSO DIE

Friday, November 17th, 2023
Opening Reception
6pm – 10pm

THE ELEMENTAL
800 Vella Road D – Palm Springs, California 92264

Featuring works by
RACHID BOUHAMIDI

BILL LEIGH BREWER

CHARLOTTE CHARBONNEL

ZOE CROSHER

DIEGO ASCENCIO FUENTES

JEFF FROST

FRANCESCA GABBIANI

MEHDI-GEORGES LAHLOU

VINCENT LAMOUROUX

ED RUSCHA

CHRIS SANCHEZ

ROBERT SMITHSON

KATRIN STRÖBEL

REBECCA WEBB

Curated by

CHRISTOPHER YGGDRE

Opening reception featuring a DJ set by Indio Cholo

& Modern Mexican Food by Hoja Blanca

About the Exhibition
The exhibition “Palm Trees Also Die” is the second chapter in THE ELEMENTAL’s inaugural cycle of exhibitions. The purpose of this cycle is to draw a visual, sensitive and performative writing of a collective and imaginary novel dedicated to the Gaia Hypothesis. According to the Gaia Hypothesis formulated by engineer and chemist James Lovelock and microbiologist Lynn Margulis at the dawn of the 70s, Gaia is the name given to the Earth defined as a living, self-regulating super-organism that maintains a positive balance for life. With the Gaia Hypothesis, we are invited to change our conception of our environment, to understand the subtle interdependencies between all living components.
After the first chapter dedicated to the four fundamental elements: Earth, Fire, Water & Air, this second chapter calls upon the Palm Tree. This chapter is even more symbolic given that the surrounding Coachella Valley is the birthplace of California’s only endemic palm tree, the Washingtonia Filifera or Máwul in the Cahuilla language. Since time immemorial, the Cahuilla nation has nurtured a reasoned, symbiotic relationship with the Valley’s Oases. They have preserved fruitful alliances between the living community – flora and fauna – and the Palm trees. This exhibition is dedicated to the Cahuilla Nation. One of their founding stories, as told by Francisco Patencio in his book “Stories and Legends of the Palm Springs Indians,” recounts the transformation of a man into the first palm tree for the benefit of his people.
This exhibition is all about hearing what the Palm Tree has to say to us as a privileged witness to our history, and giving it a status beyond its ornamental qualities. Remembering primordial alliances with the Palm is an ethical imperative. The Palm tree is familiar to us by its silhouette and contemporary representations, but profoundly distant and foreign as long as we consider it an indiscriminately disposable utility.

About THE ELEMENTAL

THE ELEMENTAL’s approach to multidisciplinary exhibitions and programming aims to advance global intersections between art and environment – placing emphasis on the evolution of Earth & Land Art, BioArt & Sound Art.
Housed within a large-scale industrial building located in Palm Springs, THE ELEMENTAL is a non-profit art center established through the collaborative partnership between the Paris-based Fondation LAccolade – lnstitut de France founded by Catherine Dobler, and Epicenter Projects (Fulcrum Arts), founded by Coachella Valley artist Cristopher Cichocki. This contemporary center for the arts was designed to showcase exhibitions, lectures, workshops, performances, and printed editions organized under the direction of French curator Christopher Yggdre of Fondation LAccolade – Institut de France. Additionally, THE ELEMENTAL will facilitate visiting international artists selected from the Fondation LAccolade residency program that will engage with the surrounding desert regions of Southern California and the greater Western United States.

THE ELEMENTAL
800 Vella Rd D
Palm Springs, California 92264
by appointment

www.theelemental.org

 
News & Events
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  2. THE ELEMENTAL invites you to join us Saturday March 2, 2024 from 6:30-10pm for the opening reception for the new iteration of our evolving exhibition: THE GAIA HYPOTHESIS Chapter Two 2.0: Palm Trees Also Die Posted February 29, 2024
  3. THE GAIA HYPOTHESIS CHAPTER TWO: PALM TREES ALSO DIE Friday, November 17th, 2023 Opening Reception 6pm - 10pm THE ELEMENTAL Palm Springs, California Posted November 16, 2023
  4. Recent Acquisitions Zoe Crosher California Museum of Photography November 18, 2023 to March 30, 2024 Posted November 16, 2023
  5. The way Eve Babitz wrote about art in Los Angeles was art in itself, LA Times, December 21, 2021 by Christina Catherine Martinez Posted December 21, 2021
  6. Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University acquires Prospecting Palm Frond Posted July  1, 2021
  7. Silver Art Projects Inaugural Evening Expo Thursday, May 6, 2021 | World Trade Center | New York City, NY Posted May  3, 2021
  8. In Auction: moCa Cleveland: Benefit Auction 2021 Posted May  3, 2021
  9. Prospecting Palm Fronds on cover of publication of To Bough and To Bend, Los Angeles, CA Posted December  9, 2020
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  11. Peralta Projects 'Motel' exhibition, discussion examines 'home' in an unprecedented era Opens on July 13, 2020 Posted July 10, 2020
  12. After Quarantine / A Fundraiser for EFA Posted June 16, 2020
  13. Venice Family Clinic 50th Online Benefit Auction! May 3-19, 2020 on Artsy Posted May  5, 2020
  14. #PleaseSupportTheCause #ArtsyBenefitAuction Spring To Action! Posted April 16, 2020
  15. To Bough and To Bend, opening today at Bridge Projects in Los Angeles from 12-7pm, through April 25, 2020 Posted March 14, 2020
  16. VIP Studio Visits at The Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts, Saturday, March 7, 2020 / 2–4 PM Posted March  6, 2020
  17. Mae Wested from the Disappearing of Michelle duBois in the Monica King Contemporary Art Grotto, New York, NY Posted February  1, 2020
  18. L.A. on Fire Catalogue available now Posted January 15, 2020
  19. Reading for Slouching Towards Los Angeles this Saturday, December 14th at Wilding Cran Gallery from 2-4pm Posted December 13, 2019
  20. Five more Out the Window (LAX) images acquired by LACMA Posted December  7, 2019
  21. Going Beyond the Photo-Archive The Significance of Fantasy and Photo-Reflexivity in Zoe Crosher’s The Michelle duBois Project, by Yonit Aronowicz Posted November 30, 2019
  22. Opening Saturday night! L.A. on Fire, curated by Michael Slenske at Wilding Cran Gallery Posted November 14, 2019
  23. Starting Something New: Recent Contemporary Art Acquisitions and Gifts at Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA, on view now through July 26, 2020 Posted October 18, 2019
  24. Inclusion in Conversations with Artists II, By Heidi Zuckerman Posted October 17, 2019
  25. On the occasion of @nyrbooks release of a new collection of essays by #EveBabitz this week... Posted October 11, 2019
  26. Zoe Crosher in The Watermill Auction, The Hamptons, July 27, 2019 Posted July 12, 2019
  27. Prospecting Palm Fronds published in new issue of Full Blede / Issue Seven: The Continuant January 2019 Posted January 18, 2019
  28. Please Support the 24th Annual Artwalk NY Coalition for the Homeless, Nov 27, 2018 Posted November 27, 2018
  29. Wildfires and Dead Palm Trees Haunt the L.A. Dream in Zoe Crosher’s New Show | Seen | New York Mag | Nov 17, 2018 Posted November 20, 2018
  30. An Artist Talk with Zoe Crosher this Saturday, November 10th at 2 p.m. at Patrick Painter, Inc. Posted November  7, 2018
  31. Zoe Crosher's "Sunlight as Spotlight" opens at Patrick Painter on October 19th Posted October 10, 2018
  32. Check out Zoe Crosher's Art Work | VoyageLA | August 13, 2018 Posted August 13, 2018
  33. LA Times Review: As planes take flight at LAX, two photographers find a darker reality below in 'Grounded' at ESMoA, Aug 3, 2018 Posted August  3, 2018
  34. Paradise Lost: Zoe Crosher, Bernt & Hilla Becher, Joshua Hagler at Patrick Painter Gallery Posted July 27, 2018
  35. The Philip Johnson Glass House 2018 Auction, June 9 LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics (set of 5) Posted June  8, 2018
  36. GROUNDED, John Divola and Zoe Crosher Approach LAX from Different Directions, opening at ESMoA on June 2nd, 2018 Posted May 24, 2018
  37. An Artist Memorializes The Disappearing Palm Trees of Los Angeles - JStor Daily April 24, 2018 Posted April 24, 2018
  38. Inaugural Los Angeles My Kid Could Do That Benefit, April 6-8, 2018 Posted April  4, 2018
  39. Art Matters: Heidi Zuckerman in Conversation with Zoe Crosher Posted March 13, 2018
  40. CURIO exhibition and Fainting Club, curated and presented by Yasmine M. Zodeh and Sandi Turner Posted March  8, 2018
  41. Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017 opens at The Des Moines Art Center Posted February 19, 2018
  42. Zoe Crosher to judge 2018 Golden Pear Award, designed to raise interest & awareness for independent & artisan perfumers ~ London, April 2018 Posted February  1, 2018
  43. Publication of Wanderlust: ACTIONS, TRACES, JOURNEYS 1967-2017 Catalogue ~ Essay by Melanie Flood Posted February  1, 2018
  44. Zoe Crosher, The Imagiatic ~ UCLA Lecture & Studio Visits, January 26, 2018 Posted December 23, 2017
  45. Zoe Crosher at the Aspen Art Museum, Opening December 15th, 2017 ~ Prospecting Palm Fronds Posted December 11, 2017
  46. Virago at Hilde Gallery, Los Angeles / Opening reception: Saturday, November 11 / 6 – 9pm Posted December 10, 2017
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  48. Two Truths & A Lie, August 24th - September 30th, 2017. Artist Talk: Zoe Crosher Thursday, August 24 | 5:30 p.m. Posted August 18, 2017
  49. ArtCrush Auction 2017, August 2–4, 2017 Aspen, CO Posted July 30, 2017
  50. Zoe Crosher listed as Cultural Influencer and Innovator in Summer 2017 Issue LAC Magazine Posted June 21, 2017
  51. Zoe Crosher is Artist-in-Residence at Marble House Project in Dorset, VT Posted June 20, 2017
  52. Art Seed Artist Talk at the Marble House Project Posted June 20, 2017
  53. Deconstruction, the 11th Los Angeles Fainting Club Posted June 14, 2017
  54. Steve Turner L.A. is pleased to present All the Small Things, an exhibition of Los Angeles-based artists featuring works that do not exceed six inches in any dimension. Posted June  1, 2017
  55. Zoe Crosher in Residence for 2017 at the Wende Museum, a collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history. Posted May 11, 2017
  56. Zoe Crosher in LACE BENEFIT ART AUCTION | Wednesday May 10, 2017 7-9 PM Posted May  2, 2017
  57. Zoe Crosher & Catherine Wagley at DFLAT Residency, Mexico City, March 18-28, 2016 Posted March 26, 2017
  58. The Fainting Club in Palm Springs inspired by the current exhibition at The Palm Springs Art Museum: Women in Abstract Expressionism Posted March  1, 2017
  59. Joanie 4 Jackie, Zoe Crosher brings Miranda July and Astria Suparak to CalArts during their Pacific Coast Tour, November 13, 2000. Posted February 17, 2017
  60. SUPERNATURE, Organized by Zoe Crosher & Emma Gray at Five Car Garage Los Angeles, CA, January 2018 Posted February 16, 2017
  61. Panel Discussion / Art in the Age of Donald Trump at Art Los Angeles Contemporary Posted January 24, 2017
  62. Amplify Compassion: An Art Sale to Benefit the ACLU at 356 S.Mission / Los Angeles, CA Posted January 19, 2017
  63. Floral Patterns ~ An Essay About Flowers And Art (with a blooming addendum.) by Andrew Berardini for Mousse Magazine Posted October  9, 2016
  64. The Very 1st Cambridge, Massachusetts Fainting Club Dinner, hosted by Alison Nordström & Lucy Soutter Posted October  2, 2016
  65. Zoe Crosher in Human Condition, curated by John Wolf, at the recently abandoned Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center Posted September 30, 2016
  66. Zoe Crosher at SFAI The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, 7:00PM - 9:00PM Posted September 14, 2016
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  69. Invitation for The Very First Paris Fainting Club, Weds 29 June - 8pm ! Posted June 29, 2016
  70. Zoe Crosher "The New LA-LIKE" at Mayeur Projects, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Opening Night June 23rd Posted June  9, 2016
  71. "Madame Electrics," curated by Shana Lutker, at The Pit, Los Angeles, June 12th Posted June  5, 2016
  72. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, by Kate Sutton for Bookforum Posted June  1, 2016
  73. Zoe Crosher reading // The Institute for Art and Olfaction launch scent zine of 'Now Past Later,' May 26th, Los Angeles Posted May 21, 2016
  74. The Fainting Club Summer Supper in London, May 24th, hosted by Lucy Soutter & Susan Hyland Posted May 21, 2016
  75. Hesse Press at Offprint London 2016 at the Tate Modern - Book Signing this Saturday 1-2pm Posted May 16, 2016
  76. Hammer Museum present AIX Scent Fair, May 6-8, Los Angeles, "The Elevator Series Scent - HW 8:13pm" Posted May  2, 2016
  77. Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening at Vox Populi, May 6th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Posted May  2, 2016
  78. Catalogue Launch For Staging Los Angeles: Reality, Fantasy, and the Space Between, USC, Los Angeles, April 26th Posted April 16, 2016
  79. Mae Wested no. 1 to become part of Pérez Art Museum Collection, Miami, Florida Posted April 14, 2016
  80. Memory Theater, Directed by Srijon Chowdhury, Presented by Upfor, opening April 13th, Portland, Oregon Posted April 10, 2016
  81. MTV RE:DEFINE 2016, Presented by The Joule, Dallas, Texas, April 8th with the Michael Goss Foundation Posted April  4, 2016
  82. Shades of Gray by Andrew Berardini, reading at Human Resources, Los Angeles, April 1st Posted March 29, 2016
  83. NeueHouse Presents: The Fainting Club 'The Dust Dinner' with Zoe Crosher, March 23rd, Los Angeles Posted March 20, 2016
  84. LA IN THE AUGHTS: Art Auction and Party to Benefit X-TRA and Project X in Los Angeles, March 13th Posted March 12, 2016
  85. Zoe Crosher Joins the Advisory Council for the Arts at Cedars-Sinai Posted March  1, 2016
  86. Mayeur Projects Inaugural Artist-In-Residency Zoe Crosher, Las Vegas, NM, March 17 - May 14th Posted February 16, 2016
  87. LeSwim announces LeSwim x Zoe Crosher at Rob Pruitt's Flea Market, Presented by LAND Posted February 11, 2016
  88. Book Release for LA-LIKE: Transgressing The Pacific at LA Art Book Fair, MOCA Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, February 12th Posted February  8, 2016
  89. Artist: Zoe Crosher, by Caroline Ryder for Distinct Daily Posted February  3, 2016
  90. LA-LIKE: Transgressing The Pacific, published by Hesse Press, 2016 now available Posted February  1, 2016
  91. Art House at Soho House Hollywood, curated by Sharón Zoldan, February 1st Posted January 28, 2016
  92. photo l.a. panel discussion, January 22nd, 2016 at The REEF/LA Mart, Los Angeles Posted January 18, 2016
  93. Announcing the publication of LA-LIKE: Transgressing The Pacific, published by Hesse Press, 2016 Posted January  8, 2016
  94. Mayeur Projects Announces Inaugural Artist in Residence - Zoe Crosher, March 2016, Las Vegas, New Mexico Posted December 14, 2015
  95. The Fainting Club Holiday Party in Los Angeles, December 11th Posted December 11, 2015
  96. Los Angeles County Museum Of Art to acquire work from Out The Window (LAX) Series Posted November 29, 2015
  97. LAXART's 10th Anniversary Benefit, November 15th, Los Angeles Posted November 13, 2015
  98. The Fainting Club Dinner in Syracuse, New York, November 15th Posted November 12, 2015
  99. What it Means to be American: What Does American Ingenuity Look Like?, 2015 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award Winners discussion, National Museum of American History, November 13th, Washington DC Posted November 12, 2015
  100. The 2015 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award: Zoe Crosher for Visual Arts (shared with Shamim M. Momim) Posted November  8, 2015
Projects
  • The New LA-LIKE
    1. LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight
    2. LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds
    3. LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics
    4. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific
    5. LA-LIKE: LA Imaginary As Unlit Lightboxes
    6. LA-LIKE: Fools Gold Dust (Mimic) Paintings
    7. LA-LIKE: Day For Night (or Sunlight As Spotlight)
    8. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, in conjunction with LAND
    9. LA-LIKE: Mirage
    10. Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd
    11. LA-LIKE: Composition I-10, Desert Center
    12. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Perfume
    13. LA Disappearing Frond-Like
    14. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Dessert Concepts & Recipes
    15. For An Evening with Eve Babitz, at the Chateau Marmont
    16. Tear Sheet Posters
    17. LA-LIKE (LOST)
    18. LA-LIKE: LAXART Billboard
    19. The Pools I Shot
    20. LA-LIKE
  • The Michelle duBois Project
    1. The Uniqued Series
    2. The Additive Dust Series
    3. Mae Wested
    4. The Disbanding of Michelle duBois
    5. The Vanishing of Michelle duBois
    6. The Disappearing of Michelle duBois
    7. The Other Disappeared Nurse
    8. Silhouetted
    9. All Her Shadows
    10. Blackened Last Four Days & Nights in Tokyo
    11. Almost the Same
    12. The Unveiling of Michelle duBois
    13. The Unraveling of Michelle duBois
    14. Posed Postcards
    15. Polaroided
    16. The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois
    17. Obfuscated
  • The Santa Cruz Kids
  • Out The Window (LAX)
  • The Fainting Club
    1. The Fainting Club (London)
    2. The Fainting Club (New York)
    3. The Fainting Club (Los Angeles)
    4. The Fainting Club (More Cities)
    5. The Fainting Club (About)
  • Publications
    1. LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics / The Bronzed Blossoms of Madame, published by X Artists' Books
    2. The Good & The Glamorous, A Memoir of Misremembering & The Cold War
    3. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Published by Hesse Presse, Los Angeles, CA - Spring 2016 (Sold Out)
    4. Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles (May 2015) Published by Metropolis Books
    5. Forthcoming: The Re-duBois Book
    6. Returning to Berlin / Publication curated by Kim Schoen - Motto, Berlin (August 2013)
    7. Why Art Photography? by Lucy Soutter (2013) Published by Routelage
    8. Volume 4: The Disappearance of Michelle duBois, aka *Mitchi* (Fall 2012) Published by Aperture Ideas
    9. Volume 3: The Unveiling of Michelle duBois, aka *Cricket* (Spring 2012) Published by Aperture Ideas
    10. Volume 2: The Unraveling of Michelle duBois, aka *Alice Johnson* (Fall 2011) Published by Aperture Ideas
    11. Volume 1: The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois, aka *Kathy* (Spring 2011) Published by Aperture Ideas
    12. Out the Window (LAX) with essays by Norman Klein, Pico Iyer, & Julian Meyers (2007)
    13. NTNTNT (2004)
    14. L.A. Now: Volume One, Published by Art Center College of Design, August 2002