• Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event

    L: Nora 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 for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).


Alumna Kim Gordon in Chicago Tribune

Kim Gordon on Her New Memoir 'Girl in a Band'

By Greg Kot
Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth, visual artist, feminist icon, mother and fashion trendsetter. Now she can now add "memoirist" to her list of accomplishments. Her new "Girl in a Band," not only offers insight into music, art, the shifting tides of underground culture and the dynamics that made Sonic Youth tick, it's also more transparent about her personal life than she has ever been.
Gordon and her husband of 29 years, Thurston Moore, finalized their divorce in 2013, effectively ending Sonic Youth, the band they co-founded in New York City in the early '80s, when the couple separated in 2011. Since the breakup, Gordon has formed a new avant-rock band, Body/Head, and been the subject of numerous exhibitions of her visual art around the country.
In a phone interview from her home in Massachusetts, Gordon said the dissolution of her marriage prompted her to try to "make something constructive out of it."
"Life steps in front of you, you have to take it on," she says. "When something traumatic happens in your life, like a breakup, it sets you off thinking about your life. How did I get here? Who am I? I started thinking a lot about my childhood, and it was helpful in making sense of where I am now."
[Here’s an excerpt from the transcript.]
Q: Your first rock band, Below the Belt, you describe as "pure mayhem and caterwauling." You were stepping into music for the first time after being in the art world. How did it feel?
A: It was super exciting, because I'd never done anything like that before. We started a band for a college art class project, so it was within that context. I don't think it mattered how it sounded. The art context can be very forgiving (laughs). When I was at Otis (College of Art and Design in Los Angeles), people were doing experimental music, and that piqued my interest. When I moved to New York, I was super influenced by Warhol, the Factory, and art that had music attached, like the Velvet Underground. Music was a new thing, but I didn't really think about pursuing it further. I moved to New York to pursue visual art. Read more here.
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