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Cocktails & Conversation: Homegrown

November 05, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cocktails & Conversation: Homegrown

November 5, 2020

Join us for a Live Zoom Discussion with artist Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann from After Architecture, creators of the outdoor installation Homegrown in the KMA south garden through November 29, 2020.

Register in advance for this Live Zoom Discussion:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom. Registrations will be accepted through the event start time.

For questions please contact dfeliciano@knoxart.org


And now for the cocktail:

Kudzu Gimlet
The Kudzu Gimlet, like the Homegrown installation, “examines a potential application for Tennessee’s invasive plant species,” but as a tasty cocktail. Although Kudzu is not actually used in the recipe this drink was inspired by the plant’s vivid green color and earthy flavor from the arugula.

2 oz. gin
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1 cup arugula
Lime wheel for serving

To make:
Combine gin, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill partway with ice, then top with arugula. Cover and shake vigorously until the outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds. Strain through a very fine-mesh sieve into a glass; garnish with lime wheel. Makes one serving.

Gin pairs well with the spicy earthiness of the arugula, but fresh spinach or cilantro will work as a substitution.

Image and recipe credit: www.bonappetit.com/recipe/arugula-gimlet



October 23-November 29, 2020/South Garden

Homegrown is a site-specific outdoor installation by designers Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann that examines potential applications for Tennessee’s invasive plant species as productive building materials. The project will take the form of an inhabitable pavilion constructed from a panelized assembly of biomaterial aggregate. The resulting structure is biodegradable. The pavilion’s structure makes use of generative structural design known as topological structural optimization, allowing the surface to be alternately thin and dense or thick and porous based on structural needs of the overall assembly. The exterior is flat and angular, reflecting the aesthetic of conventional standardized paneling while the interior is curving and forms sculpted furniture. MacDonald and Schumann held the 2019-2020 Tennessee Architecture Fellowship at the University of Tennessee and cofounders of the design practice After Architecture.