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  • Patrons Circle Tour

    May 30| Special Event
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    Otis' Patrons Circle Tour of Downtown L.A.!

    Discover how the creative economy is transforming downtown Los Angeles.  Studios and galleries continue to move to the heart of our city and into areas that were off the beaten path just a year ago. Otis Patrons Circle members will enjoy an Otis-inspired tour of downtown L.A.'s vibrant scene.  

    Tour includes:
    Visit to Kent Twitchell's ('77 MFA) new studio, followed by a short ride to see a few of his downtown murals

    Inside peek of Cynthia Vincent's ('88 Fashion Design) fashion design studio

  • Design Week 2015

    Jun 21| Special Event
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    OTIS’ MFA GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM HOSTS:

    Design Week June 21-27, 2015

    I AM THE CITY

     

    VISITING ARTISTS

    Field Experiments: Benjamin Harrison Bryant, New York and Paul Marcus Fuog, Melbourne And Karim Charlebois-Zariffa, Quebec/NYC

    www.field-experiments.com

     

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Curricular Connections: Food - Water - Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta Exhibition

Food - Water - Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta

August 16 – December 6, 2014

OrtaWater Fluvial Intervention Unit, 2005

Artists: Lucy + Jorge Orta

Organized by the Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA; curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox (c2|curatorsquared)

Ben Maltz Gallery is the only West Coast venue of this U.S. premiere of the Orta’s work. Lucy + Jorge Orta are on campus October 20-25 for a week-long residency working with Otis students and giving lectures. The residency week culminates with a public conversation between the artists and the curators, followed by a reception, on Saturday, October 25, 3pm-6pm.

The sculptures, drawings, installations and video by this Paris-based wife and husband duo Lucy + Jorge Orta collectively explore major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change and exchange among peoples. As heirs to the practice of social sculpture, formulated by Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, the Ortas’ works are relics of their own function—beguiling assemblages that are the platform for the preparation of food, mechanisms that actually purify water, and elements created for a 2007 expedition to Antarctica that are part of an effort to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The works in this exhibition are metaphors-in-action, constructions that perform the tasks of which they are emblematic.

These humorous, jerrybuilt contraptions are obviously not the most efficient means to purify, prepare and transport food and water, or to launch a world-wide humanitarian effort, but in their ability to actually function, albeit, awkwardly and haltingly, they gain power as works of art created to move us to awareness and action. The artists have created a unique visual language through which they tackle the major global issues affecting our lives and the precarious position of this planet. As the Orta’s artwork communicates widely to audiences beyond the field of contemporary art, it demonstrates the importance of art as a creative agent for awareness and change: their work embodies the philosophy that steers their pioneering art practice, “the ethics of aesthetics.”

Working in partnership since 2005, Lucy + Jorge Orta create, produce, and assemble their artworks and large installations together with a team of artists, designers, architects, and craftspeople. They stage on-location workshops, ephemeral interventions, residencies, and master classes, which explore the crucial themes of the contemporary world: the community, autonomy, dwelling, migration, sustainable development, and recycling. Their work has been the focus of important survey exhibitions in major museums, including: the Barbican Art Gallery, London; Modern Art Museum, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; as well as the Venice, Havana, and Johannesburg Biennales.


The Artists

Studio Orta
Biography
List of Exhibitions
Bibliography

The Curators

http://www.curatorsquared.com/lucyjorge-orta-collaboration/

Exhibition Info

Press Release
Exhibition Checklist

Exhibition Didactics

Introduction Wall Text
Food, Life, and Water Wall Texts
Wall Quotes

Exhibition Catalogue

Essays
Food Service: Setting the Table | Ellen Lupton
Life Science: OrtaWater | Zoe Ryan
Subject = Object: Antarctic Village - No Borders | Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duggan
Full Catalogue
Food-Water-Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta |  | 61 pages | Princeton Architectural Press

Further Reading

Otis Library
Food-Water-Life | https://opac.otis.edu/lib/item?id=chamo:285388&theme=otis
Lucy Orta | https://opac.otis.edu/lib/item?id=chamo:50869&theme=otis
Studio Orta - some of the books viewable in full as pdfs
http://www.studio-orta.com/en/books

Web

http://worldofideas.at/?p=580
http://blog.art21.org/2012/10/19/gastro-vision-lucy-jorge-orta-food-water-life/#.UqZMxz-RQ25
http://orta.blogs.wesleyan.edu/
http://www.museum.cornell.edu/exhibitions/view/food-water-life-lucy-jorge-orta.html


Videos


Fabulae Romanae, Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2012



Amazonia, Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2010



Lucy Orta, short filmportrait



TED talk by Lucy Orta



L'art et la manière / Lucy + Jorge Orta
In French, but gives tour inside the working of the Orta Studio