Grand Rounds took place in a new city park called Grand Park, which is located in the center of a municipal building complex in downtown Los Angeles. The artwork was a experiment in public pedagogy with individuals who work for the city, county and court systems of Los Angeles, as well as non-profits that support urban initiatives and everyday citizens.
In this artwork, Mann applied a teaching and learning ritual of the medical field called “Grand Rounds” to the people who serve the governing bodies of Los Angeles. Similar to the medical tradition, which allows physicians to share new treatments of disease, the artwork invited participants to dialogue about instances of vitality in their work promoting the well-being of Los Angeles City and County. During lunchtime dialogues, co-organized with Camilo Cruz, on an oversized picnic blanket, participants shared current discoveries, strategies, and methodologies in the healthy administration of the region’s government. These conversations were open to whoever passed by and wanted to join in. Thank You For Coming provided the meals.
Nine listening sculptures playing sound artworks by Kimberly Kim inspired by these public conversations were installed in the park during the following month, allowing a different sort of access to the dialogues. In this way, Grand Rounds created a meeting place where teaching and learning about public administration took place.
Grand Rounds was curated by Elizabeth Cline and commissioned by Machine Project and the Music Center as part of the Machine Project Field Guide to Grand Park.