Conceptual art isn’t always pretty, considering that there’s often more wall text to read than art on the wall. It can be especially tricky if it’s issue-oriented conceptual art, which sometimes involves public actions and political activism that took place off-site.
Just how do you fit all that in a gallery?
The Art Museum of the Americas certainly tries with “The Ripple effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art.” The group show, a collaboration between the museum and the Washington Project for the Arts, tackles such hot-button issues as homelessness, the economy, gun violence and the environment, among others. It’s a thoughtful and at times poignant show, even when it strays a little too close to campaign rhetoric.
Read my review, and check out a selection of images from the show in the gallery at the top of this post.