Events
  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.
     

  • Connie Butler, Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum

     

    Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, on Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • You are invited to hear acclaimed artist Mel Chin discuss his work and recent project The TIE that BINDS: MIRROR of the FUTURE.

    Sunday, September 25, 6:00-9:00pm

    RSVP HERE for Tickets

  • Guthrie Lonergan was born in 1984 in Los Angeles. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006.

  • Margo Victor

    Sep 29| Lectures
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    Margo Victor lives and works in Los Angeles, California and received her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Happy Lion in Chinatown, Los Angeles, California; Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles; Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York.

  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Shila Khatami has had solo exhibitions at:
    Autocenter in Berlin, Kunstverein Dillingen, 
    Galerie Samy Abraham in Paris, 
    Galerie Susanna Kulli in Zurich, 
    Clages in Cologne and Treize in Paris.
    Group exhibitions include:
    “00ooOO - holes, dots, balls“ with Davide Bertocchi at Hopstreet, Brussels ; 
    “Punkt-Systeme,Vom Pointilismus zum Pixel“ at the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen; 
    „BYOB“ at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 
    “Dorothea“ at Ancient & Modern, London; 
    “Ambigu“ at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen.

  • 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.

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Upcoming Exhibitions


January 2017 | Anna Craycroft
Multidisciplinary artist Anna Craycroft will organize programming in the Ben Maltz Gallery. Mining fields like education, cinema, psychology, literature and art history, Craycroft examines cultural models for fostering individuality. Through drawings, paintings, videos, sculptures, furniture, installations, books, workshops, and curatorial projects, she works thematically on a single thesis over a series of exhibitions. http://annacraycroft.com/


April 2017 | Todd Gray
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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/

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