La Reina de Los Ángeles

September 17, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Sturt Haaga Gallery
Open daily from 10am to 4pm

Without the Los Angeles River, there would quite simply be no Los Angeles. While the precise geography is unknown, historians have estimated it’s changed course at least nine times in the first half of the nineteenth century alone. La Reina de Los Angeles will present a discussion of our current relationship with water, using the Los Angeles River as an entry point. Through contemporary art works, documentary films, historic materials and special programming, La Reina de Los Angeles will explore the history, infrastructure and community around this critical resource.


Exquisite Corpse (Kerry Tribe, 2016)
7pm, Oct. 4 on the Main Lawn
This 51-minute film traces the 51-mile length of the LA River. Advance registration required. Free to Descanso Gardens members, $5 for nonmembers.

Native Plant Traditions
10am – noon, Oct. 27 in Birch Classroom
Nicholas Hummingbird discusses native Californians’ practices of conservation. Advance registration required. $25 -$30.

Community Olla Making
5 – 9pm, Nov. 8, 15 and Dec. 6 at Metabolic Studio
Learn to make ollas, traditional clay pots. Free.

Art and Fishing the LA River
Noon, Nov. 4 at the Boddy House
Join artist Devon Tsuno and the California Ghetto Carping Club as they discuss fishing in the LA River. Free with Descanso Gardens general admission or membership.

Documentary Screenings

Tending the Wild
10am–4pm, Sept. 17 – Jan. 13 at the Boddy House
This documentary shines light on the environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples across California.

Into the Future
10am–4pm, Sept. 17 – Jan. 13 at the Boddy House
This 1921 film was produced in tandem with the building of the LA Aqueduct.