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DIRTY TALK: Art / Environment / Action

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DIRTY TALK: Art / Environment / Action

3001 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
October 27th, 2016 - November 20th, 2016
Opening: October 27th, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://roski.usc.edu/calendar/roski-mfa-...
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
downtown/east la
EMAIL:  
dmoser@usc.edu
PHONE:  
(213) 743-1804
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION:  
USC Roski School of Art and Design
TAGS:  
environmental art, Eco Art, Conceptual Art, performance art, soil, land use, green spaces, Los Angeles non-profit, painting, landscape, digital, video-art, sculpture, photography, installation, conceptual
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

DIRTY TALK: Art / Environment / Action explores how art can stimulate public awareness of urgent ecological issues through soil regeneration, re-conceptualizing land use, and activating under utilized green spaces in Los Angeles. The exhibition presents documentation of early environmental art projects from the 1970s to the 1990s made by artists involved with conceptual and performance art practices, in dialogue with contemporary works by artists from Los Angeles. Using pedagogical and socially engaged methodologies, these L.A. based artists intend to inform audiences about specific environmental challenges in the city and encourage them to participate in an action related to a particular ecological problem. 

Featuring work by Mel Chin, Commonstudio (Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips), Encyclopedia Inc. (Googie Karrass, Nicholas Korody, and Carlye Packer), Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), Jenny Kane, Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, Bonnie Sherk, and Joel Tauber, contributing artists display diverse responses to feelings of disenfranchisement and resulting helplessness in the face of specific environmental concerns in Los Angeles. Each of these projects incorporate either intellectual ideas, instructional information, or physical tools that viewers can engage with to promote positive community action. 

DIRTY TALK: Art / Environment / Action is curated by Karen Hinchcliffe, Rachel Keller, and Carly Warhaft, 2017 MA Candidates, Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere Program.