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  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Wanda Weller

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Patagonia’s design director for outdoor clothing, Wanda Weller (’88) believes that global approaches to recycling and renewable resources will effect significant change. The company’s commitment to sustainable design drives all of its products and activities, including awarding $20 million to more than 1,000 environmental grassroots organizations; working with outdoor companies to build a central fund that has saved more than 34 million acres of wild lands and waterways; encouraging businesses to donate at least 1% of their annual net revenues to environmental organizations worldwide; and recycling used Capilene for new polyester garments.

Weller followed her sister, who studied graphic design, to Otis. As she describes it, “Going to school with people of all ages and backgrounds was fantastic — people with more worldly experience influenced people like me who were just a year or so out of high school. That dynamic was invaluable for me.” She moved to the Pacific Northwest after graduation, where she spent ten years working in the athletic and outdoor apparel industry, at companies such as Adidas and ZIBA. Building on her experience at Otis, she gained a reputation as someone who could communicate with creative designers.

The complex technical and safety issues involved in outdoor clothing design demand meticulous, detail-oriented attention. In addition, Weller tracks trends in street wear, knowing that Patagonia customers seek comfort whether in the outdoors or in the city.

Weller has returned to Otis several times as a fashion design mentor, working with students to impart inspiration derived from limited choices in terms of plant-based dyes and renewable fabrics. Her message about “total beauty” is based on understanding the global impact of manufacturing, and evaluating design in terms of its impact on future generations.

 

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