EMPIRE- opening reception April 13

Join us for the opening reception celebrating  Fallen Fruit’s upcoming exhibition EMPIRE!  at Newcomb Art Museum
Celebrating the New Orleans tricentennial, EMPIRE is an art installation by LA-based artists Fallen Fruit, David Allen Burns and Austin Young, commissioned and presented by Newcomb Art Museum, A Studio in the Woods and Pelican Bomb. Through this assembly of over 300 objects, the artists will transform the entire museum into one immersive artwork that explores the history of people and place in terms of cultural legacy, historical narrative, and social constructs.
The project uses objects culled from the diverse archives and collections across campus, including art, sound, documents of record, material culture, and artifacts. It activates objects held by the Amistad Research Center, Hogan Jazz Archive, Latin American Library, Louisiana Research Collection, Middle American Research Institute, Newcomb Art Museum, Newcomb College Institute, Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection / Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute, and Southeastern Architectural Archive, among other campus collections, shifting the lexicon of historical meanings into one work of art.

EMPIRE critically examines the principles of archives and anthropology to interrogate the ways histories are told, remembered, and revised. The immersive artwork considers the historical and contemporary effects that colonialism, slavery, trade, and tourism have had on the movement of culture across and beyond borders to better understand the geographic and cultural position of New Orleans in relationship to Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. EMPIRE invites viewers to creatively interpret the displayed objects, their connections, and their juxtapositions to generate new meanings.

EMPIRE at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University is part of “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans” a suite of site-specific projects taking place throughout New Orleans from June 2017 through June 2018, commissioned and presented by Newcomb Art Museum, A Studio in the Woods, and Pelican Bomb. “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans” was initiated by Pelican Bomb in 2015.

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.

5:30 pm – Private VIP/members reception featuring New Orleans themed catering, desserts by Salt & Light Pastry Co., a garden-style mixologist, and live entertainment

6:30 pm – Talk with David Allen Burns and Austin Young of artist collective Fallen Fruit

7:30-9 pm – Public reception


Fallen Fruit in New Orleans

Fallen Fruit in New Orleans!

Fallen Fruit has  partnered with Pelican Bomb,  A Studio in the Woods, Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, and Newcomb Art Museum!

We got the NEA PROJECT GRANT FOR 2017 to plant two Public Fruit Parks in New Orlean. Come help us plant in January 2018. 

We will present our exhibition celebrating the collection of Tulane University and the Newcomb Art Museum at the Newcomb Art Museum in April 2018.   

Stay tuned for more information about our initiative working with local residents to plant publicly accessible fruit trees and record the city’s rich histories.

Snow Ball Portraits by Fallen Fruit – Fathers Day, 2017 at Burnell’s Lower 9th Ward Market


FOODWAYS – Pelican Bomb exhibition during P3+

FoodwaysOctober 25, 2014 – January 25, 2015
Exhibition hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM
Opening reception: Sunday, October 26, 2 – 5 PM

Pelican Bomb invited Fallen Fruit to reinstall a new version of “The Fruit Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree” and “Everyone’s A Georgia Peach”- an exhibition we did at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in 2013.   Thank you to everyone!

Pelican Bomb is pleased to present FOODWAYS, an exhibition of contemporary artist practices that uses food as a lens to examine the preservation culture. On view at 725 Howard Avenue, it is housed in the future home of the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute. The exhibition coincides with Prospect.3, as part of the international art biennial’s P3+ satellite program.

FOODWAYS artists: Artemis Antippas, Chris Chambers, Clare Crespo, Denny Culbert, Roger Cain, Vanessa Centeno, Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), Tina Girouard, Harriet Hoover and Early Smith, Rush Jagoe, Jenny LeBlanc, Michi Meko



Thank you Ana Walker Skillman, Kim Dennis, Karen Tauches, Hammonds House, Wren’s Nest, the Aishman family, Larry Anderson, and the people of Atlanta for contributing works from your private collections.