Events
  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Image: Electronic Sound Bath
     

  • L: Nora Jane Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

    Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas. Talking to Action is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.
     

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

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Alison Saar: STILL . . .

August 18 – November 17, 2012

Informed by artistic traditions from the Americas to Africa and beyond, and by her mixed racial upbringing, Alison Saar (’81 MFA) fuses her paradoxical responses to the black-and-white delineations of political and social forces into a powerful, visual, a 
Curator: Meg Linton

Informed by artistic traditions from the Americas to Africa and beyond, and by her mixed racial upbringing, Alison Saar (’81 MFA) fuses her paradoxical responses to the black-and-white delineations of political and social forces into a powerful, visual, and kinesthetic tension. She uses the history and associations of her materials, everyday experience, African art and ritual, Greek mythology, and the stark sculptural tradition of German Expressionism to infuse her work with a primal intensity that challenges cultural and historic references and stereotypes. STILL . . . gathers together for the first time four never-exhibited works made during a residency at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle with six new bronze and mixed-media sculptures.

Saar is a mature and significant sculptor who has achieved broad recognition for her studio and public art throughout the country. Her work is held in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Metropolitan Museum of Art; and she has major public art works in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. She has received numerous prestigious awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She forcefully investigates elements of marginalization and discrimination in society to present poetic responses through a process of self-scrutiny and introspection as to how these historical burdens can be transformed, and how symbolic atonement, and even some measure of redemption, can be imagined. Her work mirrors an entirely American process of spiritual and political bifurcation, and the evolution of historical recovery. As Lowry Stokes Sims, Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, writes in her essay for Feallan and Fallow, “Alison Saar’s library of references is as varied and rich as her own heritage. Her special gift lies in her ability to translate the personal and the culturally specific in such a way that it embodies concerns that not only transcend race but also gender.”

The catalog, Alison Saar: STILL . . . (October, 2012), features an introduction by Meg Linton, Curator of the Exhibition and OTIS Director of Galleries and Exhibitions; an essay by Dr. Barbara Thompson and Phyllis Wattis, Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Cantor Art Center, Stanford University, and full-color reproductions of the work and installation.

This exhibition is funded in part by Contemporary Collectors — Orange County. Special thanks go to Decker Studios, L.A. Louver, John David O’Brien, and Otis Continuing Education and Alumni Relations.

- See more at: http://www.otis.edu/ben-maltz-gallery/past-exhibitions-2012#sthash.Z6Icr...

Related Events
Saturday, September 15, 4–6pm, Free

Public Reception Meet Alison Saar and enjoy live music by Sunny War, a singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee who plays punk inspired blues.

Saturday, September 22, 10am–4pm, $25
Otis Alumni Gallery & Studio Tour Otis Alumna Alison Saar tours her exhibition STILL . . . in the Ben Maltz Gallery followed by lunch and a bus tour to local Otis alumni studios and galleries.

Sunday, November 4, 2pm, Free, Reservation Required
Conversation Alison Saar in conversation with Sarah Lewis about art, race, and gender.

Saturday, November 17, 3–5pm, Free
Poetry Reading and closing reception Author Harryette Mullen reads her poetry at a closing reception for the exhibition

Harryette Mullen is the author of several poetry collections, including Recyclopedia: Trimmings, S*PeRM**K*T, and Muse & Drudge, winner of a PEN Beyond Margins Award, and Sleeping with the Dictionary, a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, German, Swedish, Danish, Turkish, and Bulgarian. She teaches American poetry, African American literature, and creative writing at UCLA. A collection of her essays and interviews, The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be, is due from University of Alabama Press in 2012. Her Tanka Diary is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2013.

- See more at: http://www.otis.edu/ben-maltz-gallery/past-exhibitions-2012#sthash.5Wkrc...


Alison Saar: STILL . . .
Alison Saar STILL . . . tour

The Ben Maltz Gallery continues its focus of presenting and documenting new work by artists in the region with the solo exhibition, STILL. . . by Otis alumna Alison Saar (MFA 1981). Being informed by artistic traditions from the Americas to Africa and beyond and from a mixed racial upbringing, Saar fuses her paradoxical responses to the black and white delineations of political and social forces into a powerful visual and kinesthetic tension. She uses the history and associations of her materials, everyday experience, African art and ritual, Greek mythology, and the stark sculptural tradition of German Expressionism to infuse the work with a primal intensity that challenges cultural and historic references and stereotypes. STILL. . . gathers together for the first time four never-exhibited works made during a residency at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle with six new bronze and mixed-media sculptures.

Saar forcefully investigates elements of marginalization and discrimination in society to present poetic responses through a process of self-scrutiny and introspection as to how these historical burdens can be transformed and how symbolic atonement and even some measure of redemption can be imagined. Her work is especially relevant for this moment as it mirrors an entirely American process of spiritual and political bifurcation and the evolution of historical recovery. As Lowry Stokes Sims, Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, writes in her essay for Feallan and Fallow, “Alison Saar’s library of references is as varied and rich as her own heritage. Her special gift lies in her ability to translate the personal and the culturally specific in such a way that it embodies concerns that not only transcend race but also gender.”

Saar is a mature and significant artist; a sculptor who has already achieved broad recognition for her studio and public art throughout the country. Her work is held in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Metropolitan Museum of Art; and she has major public art works in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. She has also received numerous prestigious awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous Was a Woman, and National Endowment for the Arts.

The forthcoming catalog, Alison Saar: STILL. . . (October, 2012), features an introduction by Meg Linton, Curator of the Exhibition; an essay by Dr. Barbara Thompson, Phyllis Wattis Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Cantor Art Center, Stanford University; and poetry by Harryette Mullen; and full color reproductions of the work and installation.

Further reading

Family Legacies: The Art of Betye, Lezley, and Alison Saar, by Jessica Dallow and Barbara C. Matilsky. Otis Library Catalog Listing.

Body Politics: The Female Image in Luba Art and the Sculpture of Alison Saar, by Mary Nooter Roberts and Alison Saar. Otis Library Catalog Listing.

“Alison Saar: Exalting Ambiguity,” by John O'Brien. Sculpture, January/February 2007, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p.28-31. Download PDF. (1mb, login required)

“The Art of Relationships,” by Eleanor Heatney. Art in America, October 2006, Vol. 94 Issue 9, p170-211. Download PDF. (4mb, login required)

“Reclaiming Histories: Betye and Alison Saar,” by Jessica Dallow,. Feminist Studies, Spring 2004, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p74-113. Download PDF. (5mb, login required)

“Interview Alison Saar” by Ronica Sanders Smucker, Art Papers, July/August 1994, p. 16-19. Download PDF. (3mb, login required)

Select Articles from artist's bibliography. Download PDF. (20mb, login required)

Select Projects

2011 Feallan and Fallow, Madison Square Park
http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/alison-saar-feallan-and-fallow

2011 Bound for Glory, Lewis & Clark
http://www.lclark.edu/live/news/7042-alison-saar-bound-for-glory

2007 Harriet Tubman, New York City
http://www.nycgovparks.org/art-and-antiquities/permanent-art-and-monuments/info?monId=1998

Press Coverage

Art Talk Radio Show, KCRW, by Edward Goldman, Aug 28, 2012
http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/at/at120828the_painful_beauty_ot (Archived audio and text of show)

Alison Saar: STILL... (2012)

Alison Saar: STILL...

Alison Saar: STILL... (2012) / $20 / Available on Amazon.com and in Gallery
Softcover / 46 pages / 35 color plates / 7 X 10 inches
ISBN 978-0-930209-33-9
Produced by: OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery
Exhibition curator: Meg Linton
Exhibition dates: August 18 - November 17, 2012
Introduction by: Meg Linton; Essay by: Dr. Barbara Thompson; Poems by: Harryette Mullen
Description: Solo exhibition of recent work by Alison Saar including four never-exhibited works made during a residency at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle and six new bronze and mixed-media sculptures.