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Wall Works: Horizon

G-Hallway Nov 5, 2014–Jan 10, 2015

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 5
6–7pm

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Silvina Babich, Tule reed and ink drawing of the Ballona wetlands, 2014
Wall Works 2014
Wall Works: Horizon student artists show off their artwork at the Opening Reception on November 5, 2014

Wall Works connects international artists to local students. For Horizon, Silvina Babich and Alejandro Meitín of the Argentinian collective Ala Plástica asked over 500 K–12 students from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District to look out on the horizon and draw what they saw. Equipped with natural drawing tools made from trimmed Tule reeds, cardboard viewfinders, and Sumi ink, the students produced hundreds of observational drawings that form a collective horizon of diverse perspectives on our environment.

For SMMoA’s current exhibition, Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy, Ala Plástica took up residence at the Museum for a month to work with local students and Friends of Ballona wetlands, a non-profit dedicated to the protection and restoration of the coastal wetlands in Playa del Rey. In their home country, Argentina, Ala Plástica oversaw the cleanup of the 1999 oil spill in the Rio de la Plata estuary–the largest freshwater oil spill in history. Their installation at SMMoA includes Tule reed sculptures and serves as documentation of the 1999 cleanup. The artists refer to the structure of the rhizome, the underground network of reeds, to symbolize their art practice as it connects to social, political, and environmental activism. 

Wall Works is best described in on word–synergy. The program connects students from kindergarten through 12th grade in collaborative art-making projects with important artists throughout the school year. For more information, email education@smmoa.org.

Special thanks to Silvina Babich, Alejandro Meitín, Mary and Pablo de la Rosa, Johanna de la Rosa, Ricardo Genzon, Ignacio Genzon, Marquita Flowers, Vanessa Johnson, Laura Copelin, Lucía Sanroman, Tom Whaley, Brenda Carillo, Sarah Wahrenbrock, and the teachers and students of the SMMUSD.

Support for Wall Works has been generously provided by the Goodworks Foundation and Laura Donnelley, Anonymous, the Barnwood Foundation, the Brotman Foundation of California, the Whittagy Fund at the California Community Foundation, the Neeley Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation, and SMMoA’s Ambassador Circle. 

Additional support provided by Evander and Judith Schley, Laurie and Bill Benenson, Nancy Kaye, Marla and Jeffrey Michaels, Robert and Rosa Sinnott, Marilyn Malklin and Larry Wolf, Susan Morse, Dora Fourcade, Price Latimer Agah and Salman Agah, and Liz Cherkasova. 

This program was made possible in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Museum is also supported by a grant from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission. In-kind support provided by Wayne S. Blank and Bergamot Station, LLC.