Bettina Hubby

The People’s Lawn: Bringing the White House back to the People

Bestor Architecture
2030 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles , CA 90027

January 20, 2021

The socially distanced, drive up or walk to presentation will feature a 3:03 clip projected on the external wall of Bestor Architecture on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and running continuously until 8:30 p.m.

As we continue to collectively process the events of the past week, how can we reimagine our democracy?

Bettina Hubby has been working on answering this question with her ongoing project, The People’s Lawn: Bringing the White House back to the People. Over the past 6 months, Hubby has invited 45 artists, activists, and healers to reclaim the White House by responding to the question: If the space in front of the White House were given back to the people, what gesture, activity or ritual would you bring to uplift it?

“The impetus,” says Hubby, “was to help raise spirits and shift the collective focus with a playful and alternate reality of the White House lawn. I started this collaborative project by calling out to a dream team of friends and muses to contribute their uplifting actions to amplify a more positive vision for our world. Small actions can usher in great change.”


Participants Adrienne Adar, Alex Miller, Alexandra Weisenfeld, Amanda Yates Garcia, Amy Davilla, Asuka Hisa, Austin Young, Bettina Hubby, Brandee Goatcher, Chelsea, Max Duncan & Grey Dean Duncan, Dani Tull, David Brown, Dominic Moore, Emma Gray, Evan Rimlinger, Jana Baumann, Jane Brown, Jess Tucker, Karen Lofgren, Malcolm Ian Cross, Michael G. Bauer, Michael Raynor, Molly Larkey, Molly Ann Hale, Nicola Vruwink, Persephenie Schnyder, Rebecca Farr, Reneé Fox, Ron Finley, Rose Apodaca & Andy Griffith & Nina Griffith, Sacha Baumann, Saskia Wilson Brown, Senon Williams, Seth and Iona Kauffman, Shana Nys Dambrot, Sophia Anoud, Steffie Nelson, Steven Rimlinger, Sydney Croskery, Tasha Rae Beezley, Tony Moss, Tricia Gabriel, Tyler Hubby & Gabriella Tollman.


Bettina Hubby, Artist and Instigator

Sacha Baumann, Studio Manager

Steven Rimlinger, C.C.O (Chief Creative Officer, Composer, Photographer)

Rory Mitchell C.E.O. and Founder, The Mercantile

Bettina Hubby (b. 1968, New York City) earned her MFA in 1995 from the School of Visual Arts in New York and moved to Los Angeles in 1999, where she currently lives and works. Hubby explores multiple mediums, including collage, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, VR and photography. Humor is her language of choice utilized to explore themes of perception, consciousness, ritual, community, and the evolving self. In addition to her individual practice, Hubby is known for her extensive collaborative and curatorial projects—engaging diverse audiences and often existing in unconventional exhibition spaces.

The Mercantile is a creative agency and production company for people and brands that want to change the world. “This is the third VR project we’ve worked with Bettina on and it’s tremendously exciting to work with an artist as innovative and free-spirited as she is. VR is still in its infancy and artists like Bettina are leading the way in exploring the frontiers of what we can do in VR.”


LAND’s 2021 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation and the Jerry and Terry Kohl Foundation. Additional support is provided by the the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the California Community Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust Foundation, Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, the Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation, the Poncher Family Foundation, Brenda Potter, and LAND’s Nomadic Council.