Among the hidden gems among the beloved botanical landscapes at Descanso Gardens, the converted modern whitebox exhibition space of the Sturt Haaga Gallery is the most unexpected. Building on gallery programs dedicated to contemporary environmentally-themed visual art, they have also inaugurated an artist in residence program.
Its first artist, the interdisciplinary practitioner Carole Kim, shows off the results of her onsite work of the last year, in Shine a Light, a presentation of digital prints on metal, projected videos, an installation in the windows of the space, and a larger-scale multimedia piece. That’s in the gallery. Outside throughout the gardens, Kim will stage more sculptural and video-based works and activate them with dance performances and live music throughout the summer and fall.
Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge; opening reception: Sunday, July 14, 4-6 p.m.; on view through Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily.; opening reception is free, visiting hours free with $9 garden admission. (818) 949-4200, descansogardens.org.