Presented at the Ben Maltz Gallery of Otis College of Art and Design, Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas investigates contemporary community-based social art practices in Latin America and Los Angeles. The exhibition will feature a range of practices that blur the lines between object making, political and environmental activism, community organizing, and performance art, through the work of contemporary artists and collectives from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and the U.S. The social practice artists included in Talking to Action address critical issues such as migration and memory, mapping, environmental problems and policies, gender rights and legislation, indigenous culture, and violence. The exhibition will feature a diverse array of projects, such as an exchange of correspondence between Buenos Aires-based artist Eduardo Molinari and Los Angeles artist Sandra de la Loza about social activism in their respective cities, and the work of the Mexican collective SEFT (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada), which created a playfully futuristic vehicle to explore disused railroads. Talking to Action builds upon the scholarship of Otis's Graduate Public Practice MFA program.
Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas
Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery
Alfadir Luna, El Señor del Maíz , 2012. Chromogenic print. Photo: Anayatzin Ortiz. Colección Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey.
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September 17, 2017 - December 10, 2017