Julia Sherman's ('11) Getty Salad Garden

November 11, 2015

Alumna Julia Sherman’s (’11) new project, the Getty Salad Garden, is offering salads to Getty Center visitors every Tuesday and Wednesday through December 18. A functioning salad garden situated on the Getty’s open-air grounds, the installation was devised by Sherman in collaboration with urban gardeners Farmscape Gardens and David Godshall. It accompanies the museum’s two current food-oriented exhibitions The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals and Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

This is not Sherman’s first foray into salad-based art. After she received her MFA from Columbia, she began inviting other artists to make salads with her, writing about these experiences on her blog, Salad for President. She was soon asked by MOMA/PS1 to plant a garden on their roof; after the vegetables were harvested, Sherman invited artist Alison Knowles to the garden to perform her seminal 1962 work Make a Salad. “Salad allows me to include all the artists that I want,” Sherman told Carolina A. Miranda of the Los Angeles Times. “This includes people who are ambitious cooks but also those who add oil and vinegar to something and call it salad. Everyone knows how to make one salad. It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, some of the best salads are only three ingredients.”

Sherman is the founder of the Los Angeles gallery Workspace. She has contributed to the publications Triple Canopy, White Zinfandel and Cabinet Magazine, and has shown her work at SculptureCenter, the Museum of Modern Art and Recess Activities. Sherman also attended the Mountain School of Arts and Rhode Island School of Design.