The Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery at Santa Monica College will present an exhibition of works by students of the third class to graduate from Otis College of Art & Design’s Masters of Fine Arts program in public practice.
I’ve Had it up to Here: Shattering Limitations in Public Practice will be open to the public beginning Saturday, April 28 through May 12, with a closing reception from 4 to 6 p.m. May 12. The gallery is located in the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street.
The works cover a wide range of media and topics, but all aim to explore how an art practice can reach beyond the gallery and into a community or public space where it may achieve positive social effect, a gallery spokesperson said.
“Public practice is a relatively new term that is used to describe a variety of art practices with differing histories and aesthetic sources,” said Suzanne Lacy, chair and founder of the Otis graduate public practice program.
“The center of gravity of public practice work is outside the gallery, within community or public space, and its artistic concerns cover local and global topics from ecology to immigration to public health, student issues, and L.A. mural painting. Often the media of performance, digital technology, photography and video serve to communicate the impact of publicly sited projects — ranging from community-based arts to critical commentary — to audiences in the gallery or museum.”
A variety of public events are planned during the duration of the exhibit, including a training program for union leaders, a psychodrama session with a certified therapist, several meetings of an Iranian women’s group, and an information-sharing lunch for back-of-house restaurant workers.
Lacy said the students in the program, which was launched in fall 2007 and has its first-year studios in the historic 18th Street Art Center complex in Santa Monica, have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including political activism, social services, anthropology, environmental design, visual arts and photography.
The featured artists in the show are Jeseca Dawson, Kate Kershenstein, Neda Moridpour, Christina Sanchez, Beatriz Valls Rodr’guez and Adam Tinnell.
Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information, (310) 434-3434.