10/13/2011 03:36 pm ET Updated Dec 13, 2011

Corcoran Gallery Of Art: Agents Of Change (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON -- The Corcoran Gallery of Art has a timely exhibit in Gallery 31, its free exhibition space. "Agents of Change" documents and explores poverty, women's rights, environmental sustainability, and other causes that the large-scale protests occupying many of the nation's major cities are also documenting and exploring. These themes are examined in the context of artists' books -- books that serve as works of art.

Twelve artists are represented in the show -- Julie Chen, Maureen Cummins, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Jeroen van Westen, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jacob Meders, Amanda Nelsen, Jessica Peterson, John Risseeuw, Robin Price, Eric Avery and Clarissa Sligh. Work by Jeffrey Morin and Beth Thielen will also be on view.

An free opening reception for "Agents of Change," which is put on in conjunction with the College’s Master of Arts in the Art and the Book program, will be held at the Corcoran (500 17th St. NW) on Thursday starting at 6 p.m.

The Corcoran is also hosting two lectures associated with "Agents of Change": On Friday at 6 p.m., artist Robin Price will talk about her work 43, According to Robin Price. The second lecture will take place on Oct. 28, and features Amanda Nelsen, program director of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, discussing "Paperworks: Incipit Vita Nova," a 16-foot-long, 200-pound book made from paper abandoned in printers on Wellesley College's campus. Both lectures are free and open to the public; pre-registration is encouraged.

The show opened on Oct. 5 and runs through Oct. 30.