The Land of Milk and Honey

A traveling multidisciplinary arts and culture program focused on the ideological concept of agriculture in the regions of California and Mexico.

Artboard 1

September 1–December 31, 2022

Learn More

Solari Gallery
2nd Floor

The Land of Milk and Honey is a traveling multidisciplinary arts and culture program focused on the ideological concept of agriculture in the regions of California and Mexico.

This program seeks to navigate discourse around concepts of labor, food (in)security, environmental issues, farming practices, and food justice in the areas’ shared narrative. Taking inspiration from John Steinbeck’s portrayal of the region as a corrupted Eden, through esteemed works such as The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, The Land of Milk and Honey questions ethical, cultural and regional practices related to foodways, and the venture from seed to table. Steinbeck’s travels around Baja, California and his seminal works such as Viva Zapata!, The Pearl, and The Log From the Sea of Cortez, as well as his insight into migrant workers in and around his hometown of Salinas, will serve as anchors for a series of exhibitions, by pinpointing physical and conceptual locations for programs and exhibitions.

The MexiCali Biennial is a non-profit contemporary visual arts organization that focuses on the area encompassing California and Mexico as a region of aesthetic production. The organization is migratory in nature and showcases exhibitions on both sides of the California/Mexico border. The MexiCali Biennial was originally started as a project critiquing the proliferation of international and regional art biennials and as a result, may be shown at any time and at any location. The MexiCali Biennial was conceived in 2006 by artists Ed Gomez and Luis G. Hernandez. The inaugural round of programming first took place at La Casa de la Tia Tina, an artist-run space on the border town of Mexicali, MX before traveling to Chavez Studios in East Los Angeles.

The Land of Milk and Honey is co-curated by Ed Gomez, Luis G. Hernandez, and Enid Baxter-Ryce, with April Lillard-Gomez serving as project manager.

The 2022 MexiCali Biennial is supported in part by a California Humanities, ‘Humanities for All’ grant.

Featured Artworks

Untitled, from Manos, Espaldas, y Blossoms (a collaborative project by Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern). Photo by Thomas McGovern. Medium: archival pigment print, 2017.

Narsiso Martinez. Installation From the Unnumbered Portrait Series (2016-2018). Lino-Cut Print on Produce Cardboard Box.

Cat Phillips. Barong PPE, Embroidery on hazmat suits, 2022.

In partnership with

Support the MAH

Help fuel a strong and resilient MAH by becoming a MAH Member or making a donation. Your contribution directly supports the future of the museum and connecting our community through art, history, and culture.