ART and Art History

Fallen Fruit

ART | FOOD | ACTIVISM presents the work of the conceptual art collective, Fallen Fruit, along with the watercolors

of Keith McHenry, co-founder of the international food activist organization Food Not Bombs.


Fallen Fruit is a long-term art collaboration that began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in LA.

The collaboration has expanded to include serialized public projects and site-specific installations

and happenings in cities worldwide. Fallen Fruit’s catalogue of projects and works reimagine public interactions

with the margins of urban space, systems of community and narrative real-time experience. Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration

originally conceived by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young,

using fruit as a common denominator to change the way we see the world.


Food Not Bombs is a community-based organization with more than 1,000 chapters worldwide, co-founded

by Keith McHenry in 1980. Food Not Bombs distributes free donated food in public places, providing

both disaster relief and meals for the hungry and homeless. For the crime of distributing donated food,

Keith McHenry has been repeatedly arrested (94 times in San Francisco alone) and jailed.

Amnesty International declared him a Prisoner of Conscience while—in San Francisco—

he faced a California “Three-Strikes” charge of 25 years to life.


Los Angeles City College’s chapter of Food Forward, which distributes free food, clothing, toiletries,

and other needs to LACC’s hungry and homeless, is particularly interested in bringing Mr. McHenry to LACC to tell his story,

in an era that has seen the criminalization of free food distribution in many U.S. cities (including the City of Los Angeles).


All events are free and open to the public.


During regular gallery hours, street parking is available on Heliotrope, between Melrose and Monroe.

Enter the campus on the Heliotrope side, following the Monroe pathway east onto campus.

The Student Union building is on the right, and the diagonal ramp to the left leads to

Da Vinci Hall. Enter Da Vinci Hall to find the LACC Gallery.



Laurel Paley, Associate Professor of Art, and curator

Los Angeles City College, 855 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029

323-953-4000, ext. 2519,



Da Vinci Gallery is a student-run art gallery, part of Los Angeles City College’s Department of Art & Architecture.

This LACC Gallery program is also supported by the Office of the President and the LACC Foundation.

Keith McHenry’s lecture is sponsored by the Associated Student Government and the LACC Foundation.