• Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event

    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

    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.


Artist Andrea Zittel on 'How to Live?'

Fine Arts Critic-in-Residence Andrea Zittel Oct. 20 at 7:30pm

Why do we choose to live the way we do? This is the question at the core of artist Andrea Zittel's work. Zittel, the Fine Arts' 2016-2017 Critic-in-Residence will address these issues in 'How to Live?", a public lecture on October 20, 2016, at 7:30pm at Otis College of Art and Design. 

In 2000, Zittel established A-Z West in Joshua Tree, where she uses her own experiences, such as wearing a uniform for months on end, exploring limitations of living space, or living without measured time, to illustrate how we attribute significance to chosen ways of life and how arbitrary those choices can be. "I find it is rare to look at an artwork and have a new take on the way that the world works," said Zittel in an interview for BOMB magazine. "Good art, I think, creates this kind of experience. When I see a really good piece of art, I get goosebumps because I am experiencing an instant of altered perception."

Her explorations have led her to examine furniture, clothing, food, and interiors, among others. Her latest show at Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York featured interior sets that were replicated exactly as their counterparts in the artist's home. "Humans don’t organize the space; space is meant to organize the human, which is another way of acknowledging the power of the desert landscape directly outside," Alan Gilbert wrote for Art Agenda. "Zittel makes sites within sites, which is a form of theater." 

For the past fifteen years, the Fine Arts' Critic-in-Residence fellowship has invited outstanding critics to give a public lecture and contribute to the cultural life of the campus community. Previous speakers have included Graham Harman, Roberta Smith, Christopher Knight, Hans Ulrich Obrist, among others.


Event Details:

Andrea Zittel- “How to Live?”

7:30pm, Thursday, October 20, 2016
Otis College of Art and Design
Free and open to the public


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