• Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

  • Gallery 169 will be hosting the Otis College of Art and Design Communication Arts Graphic Design Junior Show, "5328," displaying a selection of work made over the five thousand twenty eight hours that make up the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Work will include collected posters, publications, and typographic projects.
  • Clay, Body is a solo exhibition from artist Sydney Aubert: Unapologetically fat, crass, and sexual, a ceramics artist who also works in video, and whatever other materials arouse her in the moment. Exhibition will be on view from Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28 at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. On view by appointment only, please contact the artist at Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6pm-9pm Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

  • Audrey Wollen is a feminist theorist and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Wollen uses social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, as platforms for her work on Sad Girl Theory, a theory which posits that internalized female sadness can be used as a radical and political action, separate from masculinized forms of protests such as anger and violence. She introduces this form of protest as an alternative to masculinized anger and violence.
  • Bring family and friends to reconnect with fellow alumni at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10) following Brewery ArtWalk, an open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists.

    Parking is located inside the Brewery campus.  

    Visit for directions and other information. 

  • Otis Radio: Our Story`

    May 01| Special Event

    Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.


    This week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm is Our Story. Join DJ Wormlord (Maggie Gilbert), DJ Ace (Grace Kanchana), and DJ Mango (Stacy Li) as we have real talk in real time. Don't miss out!


    Listen online at KLMU.

    All shows will be simulcast on 96.1FM in the Otis Commons and archived on

  • Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.


    This week from 5:00 - 6:00 pm is The Girls Room with DJ Lonesome (Jaclyn Arellano), DJ Filth (Mady Preece), DJ Duchamp’s Urinal (Carly Goldstein). In this political climate, it is finally time to take charge of our own bodies and image. No more housewife norms to determine what a woman should look like. Join us in conversation with the tools of music and noise to express what it means to be a woman. We will challenge the definitions and misconceptions about masculinity and femininity, creating a space where women can feel free to ask questions and get answers from other women.



From LA Streets to Gallery Walls

Gajin Fujita's 'Roll Call' Opens at L.A. Louver

"Graffiti is the foundation on which we built our artistic practices. But beyond graffiti, Los Angeles is what unifies us," says Gajin Fujita ('97 Fine Arts). The Boyle Heights native brings together 11 artists, including himself, for a crash-course in L.A. street-inspired art. Repping different neighborhoods and influenced by different cultures, their works join to create a layered, vibrant, and at times irreverent vision of Los Angeles, which couldn't come at a better time. Roll Call opens today at the L.A. Louver in Venice. 


Gajin Fujita

Artist Gajin Fujita / Kidz Gone Bad, 2016 

“Roll Call” refers to tagging the names of all the graffiti artists who contributed to a single piece. For Fujita, curating the show meant highlighting the work of artists he has known for almost 30 years. He met Alex Kizu (Defer) on a school bus, and later with Jesse Simon, the group became known as KGB (Kids Gone Bad). From there Fujita met and collaborated with others like David Cavazos (Big Sleeps), Jose Reza (Prime), and Slick. The show includes some of the most influential street artists in Los Angeles, from seminal graffiti crews KGB (Kids Gone Bad), K2S (Kill 2 Succeed) and LTS (Last to Survive) to the bearers of the Chicano muralist tradition like Fabian Debora and Ricardo Estrada. Works from trailblazer Chaz Bojorquez, graffiti artist turned opera designer Retna and mixed media artist Patrick Martinez round out the ensemble.

“To me, these artists are a cross-section of generations and geographies of graffiti,” says Fujita. “This show is a reflection of the people that have impacted my life, and the city of Los Angeles.”

Roll Call will be on view through January 14, 2017, for more information visit In addition, L.A. Louver will host several panels and workshops in conjunction with the show, including a panel discussion, Origin Story: The History of L.A. Graffiti on November 29 featuring graffiti historian Steve Grody, a typography and lettering workshop with David Cavazos (Big Sleeps) and Jose Reza (Prime) on December 3, and a life portraiture workshop lead by Fabian Debora and Ricardo Estrada on January 7. Panel discussions are free to attend, while workshops are limited and require a materials fee. Reservations are required for all, contact L.A. Louver at (310) 822-4955 or


Image: Peter Goulds of L.A. Louver and artist Gajin Fujita at the press preview for Roll Call.





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