Janet Owen Driggs
Janet Owen Driggs

Janet Owen Driggs is a writer, artist and curator who, along with Matthew Owen Driggs, frequently participates in the collective identity “Owen Driggs.” Her interests focus on those physical sites where one meets the other, which may be a public street, a garden that buffers public sidewalk and private interior, or the skin that holds ‘me’ in and mediates between ‘us.’

Janet’s work has been exhibited internationally, including in the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, and Brazil. She has curated exhibitions and screening programs in the United Kingdom, United States, People's Republic of China and Mexico. As part of Owen Driggs (with Matthew Driggs), she curated Performing Public Space at Tijuana’s Casa del Tunel (February 2010), and generated "Mapping Biointimacy," a series of workshops, conversations, and a combined mobile ‘phone app/guided walk at Montalvo Art Center and the ZERO 1 Garage (2013).

In addition to writing for KCET’s Artbound, Janet is a co-author of "Preserving a Home for Veterans" (w. Lauren Bon, Richard Fox, Terence Lyons), Les Figues Press, Los Angeles, 2011; and "Something More Than Just Survival" (w. Jules Rochelle), Probiscis, London, 2011. She is editor of "Not A Cornfield: History/Site/Document," published by the Annenberg Foundation in 2006. Other texts have been published in Artillery, ArtUS, and Art Review, and included in How Many Billboards? Art In Stead, Verlag F'Ur Moderne Kunst, 2010; Hammer Projects 1999-2009, Hammer Museum, 2009; and Heike Baranowski – Kolibri, Revolver, 2003.

Recent Articles
Mexican Muralism Meets High Modernism in L.A.
Mexican Muralism Meets High Modernism in L.A.
Muralism's modern approach to form exemplified the connection between avant-garde art and radical politics in depression-era Los Angeles.
Identity Crisis: Facebook Sculpture, Public Space Tattoos, and Collective Movements
Identity Crisis: Facebook Sculpture, Public Space Tattoos, and Collective Movements
Three L.A.-based projects, "I + We Collective Movement Workshop", "Chloë Flores Facebook Sculpture," and "Open Arms," explore the concept of Identity Art.
Unraveling the CAFAM Yarn Bomb
Unraveling the CAFAM Yarn Bomb
The Craft and Folk Art Museum has been covered in 15,000 handmade "granny squares" by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles and square-makers from the U.S. and abroad.
How Can Feminism Transform the Future?
How Can Feminism Transform the Future?
What tools does Feminism offer today that will help transform the future? "Feminism Today" at LACC explores the possibilities.
Savage Flowers and the Wild California Dream
Savage Flowers and the Wild California Dream
The botanical illustrations in the Huntington's "When They Were Wild" exhibition function as a probe into what is real, what is fictional, and what lies somewhere in between.
Fallen Fruit and the 'Thin End of the Wedge'
Fallen Fruit and the 'Thin End of the Wedge'
Janet Owen Driggs reports on "The Del Aire Fruit Park," the first public fruit park in the state.
One Hundred and Fifty Years On: African American Military Portraits from the American Civil War
One Hundred and Fifty Years On: African American Military Portraits from the American Civil War
A California African American Museum exhibit describes a more complex picture of mid-nineteenth century America than is usually projected into the public realm.
'Even Our Palm Trees Are Cooler'
'Even Our Palm Trees Are Cooler'
Incendiary Traces examines the role that real estate and the railroad played in the advertisement of Southern California as a fertile tropical utopia in the late 1800s.
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