Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas Book Launch + Roundtable Conversation with Bill Kelley, Jr., Grant Kester, and Kade L. Twist
Join us in celebrating the launch of Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas, the first publication to bring together scholarship, critical essays, and documentation of collaborative community-based art making by researchers and artists from across the American hemisphere. Produced as part of the Getty-led initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the volume is a compendium of texts, analysis, and documents from the research and exhibition platforms of Talking to Action, on view at the Ben Maltz Gallery through December 10, 2017. Lead Researcher and Curator of Talking to Action, Bill Kelley, Jr, is joined by art historian and contributing author Grant Kester, in a conversation moderated by artist and Otis College Associate Professor, Kade L. Twist. Q+A to follow.
About the panelists:
Bill Kelley, Jr. is an educator, curator and writer based in Los Angeles, and is the Lead Researcher and Curator of Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the University of California at San Diego and a Masters in Colonial Art Studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. His current research focuses on collaborative and collective art practices in the Americas. Bill has written for such journals as Afterall, P.E.A.R., and Log Journal. He served as co-curator of the 2011 Encuentro Internacional de Medellín MDE11 and was the former Director and Co-Editor of the online bilingual journal LatinArt.com. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Art History at California State University Bakersfield. Bill has co-edited an anthology with Grant Kester of collaborative art practices in the Americas entitled Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art 1995-2010 (Duke University Press, 2017).
Grant Kester is a Professor of Art History in the Visual Arts department at the University of California at San Diego and the founding editor of FIELD: A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism. His publications include Art, Activism and Oppositionality: Essays from Afterimage (Duke University Press, 1998), Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art (University of California Press, 2004),The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context (Duke University Press, 2011) and Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art 1995-2010, co-edited with Bill Kelley (Duke University Press, 2017). His current book project is Autonomy and Answerability: The Aesthetics of Socially Engaged Art.
Kade L. Twist is a poet and interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text and installation environments. Twist's work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism and American Indian cultural self-determination. Twist is a co-founder of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary artist collective. With his individual work and the collective Postcommodity, Twist has exhibited work nationally and internationally. In 2017 Postcommodity was included in both the Whitney Biennial and documenta 14. Twist is a US Artist Klein Fellow for Visual Arts, and Postcommodity have been the recipients of grants and fellowships from the Harpo Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Art Matters, Creative Capital, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Kade L. Twist is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA.