Oct 1st 2018

Talking to Action: Curator’s Tour with Bill Kelley Jr.

@ SAIC Sullivan Galleries

33 S State St, 7th floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Opening Monday, October 1st, from 12PM - 1PM

On view through Saturday, December 8th

Join exhibition curator Bill Kelley Jr. for a walk through of “Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas”

This exhibition is a collective effort to foreground the reciprocity of teaching and learning inherent in art making and to demonstrate ties between practices across distinct regions that bring together similar ways of working. Developing collaborative relationships with communities and other cultural workers, the artists featured in this exhibition not only investigate social and political concerns across the vast territory of the Americas, but also share a dialogical method of working that is foregrounded in the installations on view. The result of this ongoing research features drawings, sculptures, photography, video, film, and archival material that blur the lines between performative actions, object making, and political activism. They also reveal a distinctly decolonial perspective with regards to lived historical and contemporary sociopolitical contexts.

Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is curated by Bill Kelley, Jr., curator and lead researcher with Karen Moss, consulting curator. Talking to Action is organized by Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, and managed as a traveling exhibition by Independent Curators International (ICI). The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support of the Getty Foundation, PST: LA/LA presenting sponsor Bank of America, the ICI Board of Trustees, and ICI’s International Forum. The presentation at SAIC includes additional projects by artists Maria Gaspar and Pedro Reyes, and has been organized by the Department of Exhibitions curators Hannah Barco and Trevor Martin with Graduate Curatorial Assistants Almudena Caso Burbano (MA 2019) and Carlos Salazar Lermont (Dual MA 2019).

Image: Frente 3 de Fevereiro, “Nou Pap Obeyi [No Vamos Obedecer / We Will Not Obey] action,” 2015. Photo: Daniel Lima. Courtesy of the artists.

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