Events
  • Tim Walsh, is the inventor of the board game Blurt!, which sold more than a milion copies. Tim has lincesned toy and game concepts to Hasbro, Mattel, Brio, Educational Insights, Imagine Entertaiment, and others. Be inspired and entertained by the stories behind the creation of blockbuster toys and games.

     

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Opening Reception and Acoustic Event: “Tuning the Room” lead by Gregory Lenczycki and Ken Goerres. Gastronomic tuning tastings and elixirs provided by Eden Batki.
     

  • The measure and alterations of Craycroft’s “room tuning” are framed in relation to its setting within the art gallery of an art school. In the wake of the U.S. presidential election, and in anticipation of the exhibition runtime falling during the first months of the new administration, Tuning the Room is a proposal to pay attention to the role that art and art education play in how voices are heard.

  • Robin Coste Lewis won the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition: Women in Literary Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda Literary Review. She has taught at Wheaton, Hunter, Hampshire, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis is a fellow of Cave Canem and of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, as well as a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at USC.

  • Artist Anna Craycroft, of the current exhibition Tuning the Room in Ben Maltz Gallery, in discussion with artist and curator Micah Silver.

  • Solmaz Sharif

    Mar 01| Lectures
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    Solmaz Sharif’s first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her poetry has appeared in the New Republic, Granta, Poetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

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Upcoming Exhibitions



January 28 - April 16, 2017  |  Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room

 


 


May 6 - August 6, 2017  |  Los Angeles-based artists Jesse Fleming and Pat O’Neill

Pat O’Neill’s artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is best known for experimental films that explore the conflicted intersection of nature and human interest. Jesse Fleming is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Each artist will present a recent large-scale video installation.
 



September 2017  |  Talking to Action Part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA / LA

Talking to Action is an exhibition and bi-lingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in Latin America and Los Angeles. As part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, Ben Maltz Gallery is pleased to be one of the select arts organizations across Southern California to have received the prestigious grant to present groundbreaking exhibitions and programs highlighting different aspects of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with and within Los Angeles.

Talking to Action investigates contemporary community-based social art practices in Latin America and Los Angeles, and will feature a range of practices that blur the lines between object making, political and environmental activism, community organizing, and performance art, through the work of contemporary artists and collectives from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and the U.S. Mirroring the educational imperative found in many of the practices, and Otis’ commitment to teaching and investigating Social Practice, Talking to Action leans on the history of critical pedagogy and dialogically-driven community organizing efforts from Latin America. Those collective pedagogical efforts were greatly influential to generations of artists and activists throughout the hemisphere through the work of Paolo Freire and others.

The social practice artists included in Talking to Action address critical issues such as migration and memory, critical spatial mapping, environmental issues, gender rights and legislation, indigenous knowledge, and racial violence. The exhibition will feature a diverse array of projects, such as an exchange of correspondence between Buenos Aires-based artist Eduardo Molinari and Los Angeles artist Sandra de la Loza as they research the archives and history of social activism in their respective cities, the work of the Mexican collective SEFT (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada) which created a playfully futuristic vehicle to explore disused railroads in order to map the history of capital development in their country; and São Paulo-based Frente 3 de Fevereiro, who use cartography, film, and urban intervention to trace the violent lineage of “exporting” militarization and social control of Afro communities within the historic conflicts in Medellín, Colombia, to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and the natural disasters in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Talking to Action will be accompanied by a range of public programs, including screenings, lectures, and artist interventions, as well as incorporation into Otis curriculums at many levels and sites on campus. A comprehensive bilingual publication, including critical essays by key researchers, scholars, and artists that have been involved in the deep research and development of the dialogue between the social practices in each hemisphere during the research phase of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA grant.

Frente 3 de Fevereiro
Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Arquitetura da Exclusão, digital photo, 2010.
 



January 2018  |  Suzan Pitt
Mini-retrospective of the LA-based experimental animator and painter Suzan Pitt. Pitt has taught at Cal Arts for about 15 years and is a bit of a hidden gem in LA.
http://home.earthlink.net/~suzanpitt/
 



April 2018  |  Todd Gray

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