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Cocktails & Conversation: Homegrown

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

Cocktails & Conversation: Homegrown

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Join us for a Live Zoom Discussion with artists 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.

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

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.

Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann

Homegrown, 2020

Plant fibers (including forestry waste and invasive plant species) and biobased binder

10 x 10 x 6 feet

Homegrown imagines architectural applications for Tennessee’s native and nonnative plant species. Four walls composed of various invasives (including bamboos and tree species) and forestry waste form an exterior room.

Funded by the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design through the Tennessee Architecture Fellowship.


Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann are artists and designers whose work critiques conventional building practices, which face new lifecycle questions and overextended supply chains amid the current environmental crisis. Such work explores how digital tools can help reconcile the intentions of the designer with the irregularity of natural materials and processes to reframe authorship. MacDonald and Schumann are Assistant Professors of Architecture at the University of Virginia and Cofounders of After Architecture, a practice named to convey the built environment’s impact on cultures and ecologies. Recent projects include an installation at the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 and a memorial in Washington D.C. Their installation at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Homegrown, is the culmination of the Tennessee Architecture Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s College of Architecture + Design, which they jointly held from 2019-2020.