Plants! Plants! Plants!

The Abortion Herb Garden

Thursday, October 20, 2022

10:10am-11:00am EDT

Garcia-Renart Architecture Studio, Bard College

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Landon Newton is an artist and gardener whose research driven practice explores the participatory relationship between plants and people.  Her work has been included in Cultivate, The Feminist Journal of the Center for Women’s Studies, Frieze New York with A.I.R. Gallery, WIENWOCHE 2021, Vienna, Austria, CICA Museum, South Korea, EcoFutures: Deep Trash, London, UK, and Open Engagement, Queens Museum, Queens, NY.  Recent awards include an Emergency Artist Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and On Our Radar 2021 – Creative Capital.  She has received fellowships and residencies from Denniston Hill, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Studios at MASS MoCA, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  She has a BA in History from Smith College and an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  Landon works and gardens in Brooklyn, NY.


Artist and gardener Landon Newton shares her project, The Abortion Herb Garden, a collaborative and ongoing garden installation, planted exclusively with abortifacient, emmenagogue, and contraceptive plants.  Using The Abortion Herb Garden as a way of thinking about alternative pathways to care, history, space, disenfranchised systems of knowledge, and plants vs. capitalism, this project investigates the pluralist identities of plants and highlights the intimate and historical ways people have used and connected with plants.  An abortifacient plant ID walk will follow the talk.


Sponsored by: Architecture, Environmental and Urban Studies, Experimental Humanities