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  • 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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Alumnus Kerry James Marshall's Highly Anticipated 'Mastry' Comes to Los Angeles

The Exhibition's Finale Opens at MOCA on March 12

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry will hit the final stop of its three-city tour at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) on March 12 and will run through July 3, 2017. Mastry is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, (The Met), and MOCA, exhibiting there respectively, and has received critical acclaim from The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times, among others, including the personal admiration of former first lady Michelle Obama

Encompassing nearly 80 works from over 35 years, the exhibition showcases Marshall's large-scale narrative works that capture the African American experience and celebrate the black figure. Bruce W. Ferguson, president of Otis College of Art and Design, met with Marshall ('78 Fine Arts) at the opening of the show at The Met Breuer. "For Otis where it all started. Where I found my people," he signed in an exhibition catalog for the College's collection, which is now on display in the Millard Sheets Library on campus.

As a middle-schooler, Marshall was selected for one of the youth programs at Otis College. It was during one of these classes that he was able to visit the studio of painter Charles White, a personal hero for the artist. “That was for me a life-altering experience,” Marshall told the Los Angeles Times. “I saw for the first time what an artist’s studio was. You could see work just starting and work that was almost completed. I clearly understood that making artwork wasn’t magic. It doesn’t just happen. You have to work at it.”

 "A deeply accomplished artist, who makes ravishing paintings, Marshall’s strategy was three-fold," states the exhibition announcement from MOCA. "First, as a young artist he decided to paint only black figures. He was unequivocal in his pursuit of black beauty. His figures are an unapologetic ebony black, and they occupy the paintings with a sense of authority and belonging. Second, Marshall worked to make a wide variety of images populated with black people. This led him to make exquisite portraits, lush landscape paintings, everyday domestic interiors, and paintings that depict historical events, all featuring black subjects as if their activities were completely and utterly normal. Third, Marshall concentrated on painterly mastery as a fundamental strategy. By mastering the art of representational and figurative painting, during a period when neither was in vogue, Marshall produced a body of work that bestows beauty and dignity where it had long been denied."

MOCA is hosting several events in conjunction with the exhibition, including Artists on Artists: Lari Pittman on Kerry James Marshall on Thursday, March 23 at MOCA Grand Avenue and Kerry James Marshall and Helen Molesworth in Conversation on Thursday, March 30 at the Colburn School. For more information and a full list of programming, visit www.moca.org/exhibition/kerry-james-marshall-mastry.

Accompanying video for Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, April 23–September 25, 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Image: Kerry James Marshall, Past Times, 1997, acrylic and collage on canvas, 114 x 156 in., Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, McCormick Place Art Collection, photo by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

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