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GARDENS OF EXCHANGE: CATHY ALLEN AND JOAN SILVER

July 7th – September 27th, 2009
Palm Springs Art Museum

The Palm Springs Art Museum's annual summer Artists in Residence program will feature two local artists who will create an on-site art installation at the museum. Artists Cathy Allen and Joan Silver will create Gardens of Exchange, an installation that will be centered around a large "tree" made out of papier-mâché (pictured at left) and utilize text from author Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, a fictional conversation between world traveler Marco Polo and emperor Kublai Kahn. In the text, Polo describes many imaginary cities in the Kahn's realm, which helps him understand his empire past mere descriptions of the cities. The artists will complete the installation at the museum and work with the museum's Art Camp attendees to help them create their own imagined cities.