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

August 27 – December 8
Reception: Friday, September 28, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Talking to Action investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the United States and throughout Latin America while attempting to build a direct dialogue with artists and researchers across the hemisphere to discuss shared concerns. Talking to Action focuses on the collaborative, dialogically-based form of art making that is most often referred to as “social practice” with roots in public practice, community-based, participatory, relational and socially-engaged art. Consequently, the artists in Talking to Action explore a range of trans-disciplinary practices, blurring the lines between object making, political and environmental activism, community organizing, and performance.

The projects interrogate issues including migration and memory, critical mapping and cartographic practices, environmental issues and policies, gender rights and legislation, indigenous culture, racial violence and policing tactics and are often produced in collaboration with particular communities in rural or urban environments in politically charged contexts. The title, Talking to Action, underscores the discursive nature of these artists’ practices and their efforts to instigate greater public attention, community participation and political action towards such issues. The show will also travel to Arizona State University, with each additional venue including new artists relevant to their sites and spaces.

Artists include: Liliana Angulo (Bogotá, Columbia), BijaRi (São Paulo, Brazil), Bulbo and Galatea audio/visual (Tijuana, Mexico), Cog?nate Collective (Tijuana, Mexico and Southern California, US), 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), Maria Gaspar (Chicago, US), 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, US), Alfadir Luna (Mexico City, Mexico), Taniel Morales (Mexico City, Mexico), Andrés Padilla Domene and Ivan Puig Domene (Mexico City, Mexico), POLEN (Tijuana, Mexico), Pedro Reyes (Mexico City, Mexico), and Ultra-red and School of Echoes Los Angeles (California, US)

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 has been organized by the Department of Exhibitions with curators Hannah Barco and Trevor Martin, and Graduate Curatorial Assistants Almudena Caso Burbano (MAAE 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. 

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: Safehouse 

August 27 – December 8
Reception: Friday, September 28, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

This exhibition presents a new body of work by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (SAIC MFA 1997), whose projects often arise out of long periods of observation and documentation, in which the camera is present as an object with social implications and as an instrument mediating aesthetic thought. Safehouse presents film, video, and objects concerning the sensorial unconscious of the Puerto Rican anti-colonial movement which was based, in part, in Chicago. The works are informed by the ideas, images and objects of the movement, it experiments and expands from these materials in order to sensorially reformulate this history. 

Faculty Projects

September 14 – October 13
Reception: Friday, September 28, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Faculty Projects is an annual exhibition that presents work by SAIC faculty who have recently completed sabbatical and other leave projects. By sharing their current work with the school community, faculty can communicate how their research and practices relate to the local, national, and international art and design communities. Featuring work by: Jesse Ball, Tirtza Even, BJ Krivanek, Alan Labb, Eric Leondardson, Nicholas Lowe, Frédéric Moffet, Peggy MacNamara, Peter Power, Geoffery Alan Rhodes, Sarah Ross, Brian Sikes, Christoper Sullivan, and Frances Whitehead. Curated by Graduate Curatorial Assistants Giannella Tavano (MAAAP 2019) and Shannon Waldman (MAAH 2019). 

Within Receding Horizons

September 14 – October 13
Reception: Friday, September 28, 6:00–9:00 p.m

This exhibition navigates the contested spaces between experience, memory, and history through recent projects by current students. Selected through portfolio reviews by the SAIC Exhibitions Committee, this year’s exhibition includes work by: Sera Chen (MFA 2019), Wanbli Gamache (MFA 2019), María Karaman (BFA 2019), Nihat Karata?l? (MFA 2019), Xindi Li (BFA 2018), Parvin Peivandi (MFA 2019), Martha Poggioli (MFA 2019), Daniel Salamanca (MFA 2019), and Aden Solway (BFA 2019). Curated by Graduate Curatorial Assistants Duncan Bass (Dual MA 2019) and Tess Haratonik (Dual MA 2020). 

SAIC Booth at EXPO Chicago

September 27 - 30
Navy Pier

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) booth at EXPO Chicago features work from five recent alumni artists, as selected by the Graduate Fellowship Committee: Kevin Demery (MFA 2018), Irmak Karasu (MFA 2018), Joo Young Lee (MFA 2018), Justin Rosier (MFAW 2018), and Tsailing Tseng (MFA 2018). Organized by Graduate Curatorial Assistants Lindsey Bell (Dual MA 2019) and Neil O’Malley (MFA 2019).  

Symposium – Re:Working Labor

SAIC Ballroom
Friday, October 12

SAIC’s Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice in collaboration with re:work the International Research Centre “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” at Humboldt University in Berlin are undertaking a multi-year research project on the subject of labor. This effort, led by Faculty Research Fellows of the SAIC Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice Daniel Eisenberg and Ellen Rothenberg, aims to rethink and reimagine the changing nature of work, along with the dislocating effects of globalization and technology, that have created deeply unstable conditions and polarized our political moment.  The inaugural public moment of this project is the Re:Working Labor symposium, which considers how artists, theorists, historians, and activists can come together to address such vital questions. Panels will focus on the invisibility of labor—how are artists and researchers envisioning new images that represent work, and how might they empower labor socially and politically, as well as work and the social construct—what are our values around different kinds of work, and might we reimagine a world where the work-to-capital relation doesn’t drive the social contract? The symposium seeks to engage a wide audience in a dialogue that will continue through fall 2019 and include additional engagements, projects, and inquiries.

Fall Undergraduate Exhibition

November 17–December 8
Reception: Saturday, November 17, 12:00–6:00 p.m.

More than 200 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees this fall exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition. 

New Blood XII: Student Performance Festival

Saturday, November 17
Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. linkshall.org

SAIC graduate and undergraduate students present a festival of live works that engage hybrid forms of theater, movement, and the visual arts to collectively activate contemporary and progressive dialogues within performance art. 

MAATC Exhibition: Art of Connection

January 26 – February 9
Reception: Friday, January 25, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The MAATC Exhibition: Art of Connection showcases artwork by graduate art therapy students and the individuals they work with at their internship sites. Artwork in the show reflects the varied settings, populations, and practices of art therapy, and represents a culmination of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program at SAIC.