Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas, is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas. Talking to Action is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. It opens on Sunday, September 17 at 3pm with a walk through with curator and lead researcher Bill Kelley, Jr. at 3:30pm.
Bill Kelley, Jr. is a writer and scholar of community-based practices in the Americas, and Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Art History at California State University at Bakersfield. Talking to Action’s two-year research phase led by Kelley involved the coordinated efforts of a team of researchers from six different cities in the Americas to inquire into the issues and artist methods that connect the various cities in the hemisphere. Talking to Action also builds upon the scholarship of Otis College’s groundbreaking Public Practice MFA program founded by Suzanne Lacy, as well as the Otis ACT (Artists, Community and Teaching) and Creative Learning programs that combine project-based courses and multidisciplinary community partnerships.