Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas

Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas

Curated by Bill Kelley, Jr & Karen Moss

ASU Art Museum Tempe, Arizona, USA 02/09/2019 – 07/06/2019

Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Nou Pap Obeyi [No Vamos Obedecer/We Will Not Obey] action, 2015. Photo: Daniel Lima. Image courtesy of the ASU Museum of Art

BijaRi on the rooftops of Santo Domingo as part of the intervention project Contando con Nosotros, 2011. Digital photo. Encuentro Internacional de Medellín MDE11, Museo de Antioquia. Image courtesy of the ASU Museum of Art

Installation view, Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, 2019. Image courtesy of the ASU Museum of Art

ASU Art Museum hosts the traveling exhibition, Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas, part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, and a unique showcase of Latin and Latinx artists.

Comprised of sculptures, drawings, photography, videos, banners and more, Talking to Action investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the United States and throughout Latin America while building a direct dialogue with artists and researchers across the hemisphere to discuss shared concerns. Talking to Action is an entirely bilingual exhibition (Spanish and English) that presents a unique opportunity to raise awareness of these often over-looked yet extraordinary works within the field of art, while working directly with activists and artists across the region.

Talking to Action, as a multilingual exhibition, “attempts to engage more with our local Latino community through the lens of story-telling, social justice and personal struggle,” says ASU Art Museum curator Julio Cesar Morales.

The ASU Art Museum has contributed a new, localized project by Cog●nate Collective to the show. Sponsored by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts’ Projecting All Voices initiative, Cog●nate Collective was in residence at the museum for several months. During this time “they created embroidery and dialogue workshops with ASU students and community members, including Phoenix-based youth advocacy group Aliento, that focused on themes of representation, equality and labor,” explains Morales. Mobilizing embroidery as a medium and instrument for engaging in conversation around the politics of education and immigration, the workshops invited participants to produce a collectively embroidered piece, which is featured in Talking to Action.

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.

Artists: Liliana Angulo (Bogotá, Colombia), Efraín Astorga Garay (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico), BijaRi (São Paulo, Brazil), Bulbo and Galatea audio/visual (Tijuana, Mexico), Giacomo Castagnola (Lima, Peru / Mexico City, Mexico), Cog●nate Collective (Tijuana, Mexico and Southern California, U.S.), Grupo Contrafilé (São Paulo, Brazil), Sandra de la Loza and Eduardo Molinari (California, US and Buenos Aires, Argentina), Dignicraft (Tijuana, Mexico), Etcétera (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Frente 3 de Fevereiro (São Paulo, Brazil), Colectivo FUGA (Otavalo, Equador), Clara Ianni and Débora Maria da Silva (São Paulo, Brazil), Iconoclasistas (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Kolectivo de Restauración Territorial (Gonzalo Cueto Vera, Jorge A. Olave Riveros, Cristian Wenuvil Peiñan) (Temuco, Chile), Suzanne Lacy (Wasco, California, U.S.), Alfadir Luna (Mexico City, Mexico), Taniel Morales (Mexico City, Mexico), Andrés Padilla Domene and Ivan Puig Domene (Mexico City, Mexico), POLEN (Tijuana, Mexico), Gala Porras- Kim (Bogotá, Colombia and Los Angeles, U.S.), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico) and Ultra-red and School of Echoes Los Angeles (California, U.S.)

Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Nou Pap Obeyi [No Vamos Obedecer/We Will Not Obey] action, 2015. Photo: Daniel Lima. Image courtesy of the ASU Museum of Art

BijaRi on the rooftops of Santo Domingo as part of the intervention project Contando con Nosotros, 2011. Digital photo. Encuentro Internacional de Medellín MDE11, Museo de Antioquia. Image courtesy of the ASU Museum of Art

Installation view, Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, 2019. Image courtesy of the ASU Museum of Art

ASU Art Museum hosts the traveling exhibition, Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas, part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, and a unique showcase of Latin and Latinx artists.

Comprised of sculptures, drawings, photography, videos, banners and more, Talking to Action investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the United States and throughout Latin America while building a direct dialogue with artists and researchers across the hemisphere to discuss shared concerns. Talking to Action is an entirely bilingual exhibition (Spanish and English) that presents a unique opportunity to raise awareness of these often over-looked yet extraordinary works within the field of art, while working directly with activists and artists across the region.

Talking to Action, as a multilingual exhibition, “attempts to engage more with our local Latino community through the lens of story-telling, social justice and personal struggle,” says ASU Art Museum curator Julio Cesar Morales.

The ASU Art Museum has contributed a new, localized project by Cog●nate Collective to the show. Sponsored by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts’ Projecting All Voices initiative, Cog●nate Collective was in residence at the museum for several months. During this time “they created embroidery and dialogue workshops with ASU students and community members, including Phoenix-based youth advocacy group Aliento, that focused on themes of representation, equality and labor,” explains Morales. Mobilizing embroidery as a medium and instrument for engaging in conversation around the politics of education and immigration, the workshops invited participants to produce a collectively embroidered piece, which is featured in Talking to Action.

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.

Artists: Liliana Angulo (Bogotá, Colombia), Efraín Astorga Garay (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico), BijaRi (São Paulo, Brazil), Bulbo and Galatea audio/visual (Tijuana, Mexico), Giacomo Castagnola (Lima, Peru / Mexico City, Mexico), Cog●nate Collective (Tijuana, Mexico and Southern California, U.S.), Grupo Contrafilé (São Paulo, Brazil), Sandra de la Loza and Eduardo Molinari (California, US and Buenos Aires, Argentina), Dignicraft (Tijuana, Mexico), Etcétera (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Frente 3 de Fevereiro (São Paulo, Brazil), Colectivo FUGA (Otavalo, Equador), Clara Ianni and Débora Maria da Silva (São Paulo, Brazil), Iconoclasistas (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Kolectivo de Restauración Territorial (Gonzalo Cueto Vera, Jorge A. Olave Riveros, Cristian Wenuvil Peiñan) (Temuco, Chile), Suzanne Lacy (Wasco, California, U.S.), Alfadir Luna (Mexico City, Mexico), Taniel Morales (Mexico City, Mexico), Andrés Padilla Domene and Ivan Puig Domene (Mexico City, Mexico), POLEN (Tijuana, Mexico), Gala Porras- Kim (Bogotá, Colombia and Los Angeles, U.S.), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico) and Ultra-red and School of Echoes Los Angeles (California, U.S.)

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