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  • Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event
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    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    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

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • 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.

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Made in LA features faculty, alumni

Hammer Museum exhibition

The Hammer Museum's biennial Made in LA, through Sept 7, features work by alumni Tony Greene '85, Kim Fisher MFA '98, Juan Capistran '99, and Mike Frimkess MFA '57. The curators selected 35 artists, with an emphasis on those who are emerging and under recognized. The exhibition debuts recent work and new painting, installation, video, sculpture, photography, and performances created specifically for the exhibition.

One of the under recognized artists in the exhibition is alumnus Tony Greene (‘85), who died of AIDS in 1990. His paintings have not been exhibited or recognized since 1995. One room at the Hammer contains the exhibition Amid Voluptuous Calm, which excavates Greene’s oeuvre, placing it in dialogue with other queer artists in Los Angeles whose work similarly tackles issues of desire, mortality, and trauma. Among those artists is faculty member Judie Bamber.  This “show-within-a-show” hints at the numerous ways visual art, poetry, activism, performance, and S&M converge, and how notions of queerness inform artistic production.

Alumnus Michael Frimkess (’57) and his wife Magdalena Suarez Frimkess have been making ceramic work since Michael graduated from Otis, continuing the tradition that Peter Voulkos began in the 1950s. They collaborate on work that comments on contemporary life with imagery from comic books, scenes from South American villages, and Picasso masterpieces. YouTube Video

Also included in Made in LA are site-specific pieces by Juan Capistran ’99 and Kim Fisher MFA ’98.

Faculty member Lauren Mackler shows work from her enterprise Public Fiction, characterized by the LA TImes as "a social hub and a destination for creative experimentation for dozens of emerging and well-known artists."

"It's something you see internationally," curator Connie Butler says. "But we felt that right here, right now, there's a certain vitality around these groups in L.A." Mackler chooses a topic for each show, then invites artists to create work — visual artworks, lectures, performances, screenings, musical acts, fiction, anything goes — around that idea. Each exhibition's three-month run culminates in a printed journal Mackler creates, featuring new works inspired by the show.

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