• 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).


Making Environmentalism Sexy, Fun, and More Diverse

Associate Provost Kim Russo Launches Podcast in Conversation with performance artists Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens

Performance artists Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens are movers and shakers in the Ecosex movement, a collective committed to making environmentalism more sexy, fun, and diverse. The duo are the founders of E.A.R.T.H. Lab, a research center of the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz, and recently organized Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium that was held at the Santa Cruz campus on May 18 and 19. 

The symposium featured panels, music, film, and performance art that sought to explore how environmentalism intersects with race, class, sexuality, and social justice. In a panel entitled “Academic Freedom In An Ecosexphobic World," Kim Russo, associate provost for academic administration at Otis College of Art and Design, spoke from the perspective of both an artist and an arts education administrator. The two-day event aimed to stimulate discussion and discover new ways of working by encouraging cross-pollination between artists, philosophers, critics, sexologists, scientists, students, and activists.

During the event, Russo launched her new podcast and website, SPILL, a series of revealing conversations about and within the contemporary art world. In the inaugural conversation, Bad Press, Russo sits down with Sprinkle and Stephens and delves deeper into the conversation on experimental and environmental art, the challenges facing educators and artists pioneering this movement, and offers a more personal look at an often misrepresented practice.  

Learn more and listen to the episode at


Image: Kim Russo, second from left, on a panel at the Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium. Photo courtesy of Kim Russo. 

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