Gallery Openings and Events

Transformer at American University’s Katzen Art Center Presents Exploring Social Practice

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Opening Reception: Thursday, September 24 from 6pm to 8pm

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Exploring Social Practice at American University’s Katzen Art Center Rotunda furthers current contemporary art dialogue on how to approach and pursue social interventions and social practice work, by sharing outcomes from Transformer’s summer exhibition series E12: Social Practice Labs.

The 12th year of Transformer’s Exercises for Emerging Artists program – a peer critique & mentorship program created to support DC based emerging artists at critical points or crossroads in their professional growth and creative development ­- E12: Social Practice supported DC based artists Amy Hughes Braden, Kunj, Joseph Orzal, and Margo Elsayd in pursuing social change and social engagement through their individual artistic disciplines.

Beginning in late May 2015, the E12: Social Practice artists worked with Design Studio for Social Intervention Co-Founder Kenneth Bailey, to expand their understanding of cultural tactics used in social interventions, learn methodologies for exploring cultural contexts, develop relevant cultural symbols, and generate ideas that build on these symbols to create powerful social interventions. With this mentorship, and the additional mentorship support of E12 DC Lead Mentor artist Patrick McDonough, as well as Transformer curatorial staff, the E12: Social Practice artists developed artistic actions through a variety of design elements.

Through an ambitious series of comprehensive, ten-day long Social Practice Labs at Transformer, the E12: Social Practice artists creatively engaged community in critical thinking on topics of femininity, visibility, critical pedagogy, and urban planning. “Transformer is honored to have the opportunity to share the outcomes of our E12: Social Practice work within the university setting, further engaging audience on both evolving social practice approaches, as well as the socio-political issues the E12 artists pursued in their individual labs.” – Victoria Reis, Co-Founder, Executive & Artistic Director, Transformer.

A collaboration between the Studio Art Program at American University, Transformer, and DS4SI, Exploring Social Practice is the 2nd exhibition in Transformer’s four-part Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series, being presented over two years at the American University Museum and the Rotunda of the Katzen Arts Center. Curated by Victoria Reis, Executive & Artistic Director of Transformer, in collaboration with Tim Doud, Associate Professor of Art and coordinator of the Visiting Artist Program at American University, Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? highlights various contemporary platforms artists and arts organizations have initiated to develop, create, and present art, and investigates current and future models of art organizing.

The opening is at the American University Katzen Arts Center Rotunda at th eKatzen Arts Center located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

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