Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Arquitetura da Exclusão, 2010. Digital photograph.
The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in conjunction with the Otis Graduate Public Practice Program, have organized “Talking to Action: Researching Community-Based Art Practices in Latin America and Los Angeles,” as part of the Hammer Museum’s ENGAGE MORE NOW! Symposium at the Billy Wilder Theater on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 2-3:30 p.m.
This panel culminates the first phase of Talking to Action, a two-year collaborative research project (2014-2015) part of the Getty led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative that investigates contemporary community-based art practices in various sites in Latin America and Los Angeles. Lead researcher and curator Bill Kelley, Jr. will moderate the panel, with the project’s researchers María Fernanda Cartagena, David Gutiérrez Castañeda, André Mesquita, Jennifer S. Ponce de León (née Flores Sternad), Lucía Sanromán, and Paulina Varas.
The panel will address the inherent aesthetic, theoretical, and practical challenges of the project, including issues of memory, migration and social justice. The discussion will frame local community-based practices within a larger conversation around theoretical work and research in the Americas.
See more information on the full two-day ENGAGE MORE NOW! symposium at http://hammer.ucla.edu/engage-more-now
Talking to Action will culminate in a large-scale, multi-platform exhibition at Otis’ Ben Maltz Gallery from September-December 2017 that will be accompanied by a range of public programs and a comprehensive bilingual publication. The curators for the project are Bill Kelley, Jr. (Lead Researcher and Curator) and Karen Moss (Co-curator), who are both faculty members in the Otis Graduate Public Practice MFA Program. The collaborative research model of Talking to Action not only positions Los Angeles as one among many sites of investigation within Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, but also explores the distinct forms, pedagogies, and theoretical legacies that are found in these same contexts.