The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art

Presented in partnership with AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

ASCHOY Collective, The Mask of the Shoe Shiner, 2007, Performance documentation, La Paz, Bolivia
Image courtesy the artists.

Dates: October 25, 2012 – January 13, 2013
Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006

Curated by: Raquel de Anda

Participating Artists:
Annie Albagli (Gaithersburg, MD) and Vadim Ogievetsky (San Francisco, CA), ASCHOY Collective (La Paz, Bolivia), Floating Lab Collective (Washington, DC), Ghana Think Tank (New York, NY), Olivier Giron (Arlington, VA), Miguel Luciano (Brooklyn, NY), Pedro Reyes (Mexico City, Mexico), Mark Strandquist (Richmond, VA), and Lina Vargas de la Hoz  (Silver Spring, MD).

Opening Reception: October 25, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Related Programming:
All related programming is free

Artist Talk: Saturday, October 27, 2pm
Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006
Curator Raquel de Anda in conversation with Annie Albagli, Olivier Giron, Mark Strandquist, and Lina Vargas De La Hoz
View The Artist Talk

DREAMer Kites Flying on the National Mall: Saturday, November 3rd and Friday, December 7 from 12pm – 4pm with artist Miguel Luciano
Location: southwest quadrant of the Ellipse, on the National Mall

Palas por Pistolas Peace Tree Planting Ceremony: Tuesday, December 4th
with OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza

DREAMer Kites discussion: Thursday, December 6th at 6pm
with artist Miguel Luciano, Favianna Rodriguez of CultureStrike, and curator Raquel de Anda
Location: Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006

Write Home Soon Workshop: Saturday, December 15 at 10:30am
Location: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20006

About the Exhibition
Featuring collaborative, participatory and social practice-based projects by artists from Latin America and the United States, The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art positioned as architects of change building creative entry points into conversations on broad themes such as environmentalism, social justice, and immigration, while providing poetic and often concrete solutions. Included artists explored such pressing issues as the environmental blight of illegal dumping, the social stratification of Washington, DC and the ongoing struggle against violence in Mexico.

Works in the exhibition included transient and temporary urban actions, humorous and subversive social experimentations, and collaborative pedagogy. Each work related to a specific community, geographic location, or social issue, but also reflected the growing interest among contemporary artists in working outside of the studio, engaging with members of diverse communities, and prioritizing the creation of dialogue as an integral part of their practice. While they may focus on specific issues and localized projects, the work included in the exhibition represents vibrant and compelling trends in contemporary art.

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The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art is made possible through the generous support of