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  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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Another LA is Possible

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NEW URBANISM; ART FOR AND ABOUT THE COMMUNITY INSTALLED IN ITS MIDST
Another L.A. Is Possible
Another L.A. Is Possible Design by Manjulika Designs

Los Angeles Developer Funds Unique Public Art Project In New Residential and Retail Property
Otis College of Art and Design in cooperation with Decron Properties Presents Another LA is Possible in Playa del Rey

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 2, 2009) - Los Angeles residents in the LAX and beach cities environs will have the opportunity to experience - while shopping, dining, working, studying and even at home – an art exhibition that re-envisions the very city they live in. Another LA is Possible, a temporary, two-part exhibition, will open this November in the new mixed-use development, Playa del Oro, at Lincoln Blvd and Manchester in Playa del Rey. The public art project, funded by Decron Properties, was conceived and implemented by students and faculty of the Fine Art Department at Otis College of Art and Design. (This project is part of the arts development fee program administrated by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.)

The exhibition of sculpture, drawings, film and photography, as well as art events, will be installed in and around glass-front cabinets that are part of Playa del Oro’s original architecture. Playa del Oro is the first multi-use property in a commercial zone permitted by the city of Los Angeles in the Westchester/Playa del Rey neighborhood. Built in 2009 at the gateway to Playa del Rey, the upscale center is a multi-family residential, retail and restaurant development, one mile from the beach and two blocks from the main campus of Otis College of Art and Design. “Playa del Oro is ultimately a neighborhood center, where we’ve strategically picked the retail shops and restaurants, such as Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, to suit this particular community,” said David J. Nagel, ceo and president of Decron Properties. “Otis College, which anchors Loyola Village, is an important neighbor, so we chose to support the art and design school by showcasing student and faculty artwork along Playa del Oro’s pedestrian walkways.”

Another LA is Possible will be exhibited in two parts – “a call and then a response”, says artist and Otis faculty member Robby Herbst, who is curating this project. Part 1 features the work of LA-based artists, architects and urbanists whose work re-imagines another way that Angelenos can live together. Part 2 presents the work of Otis Fine Art students who are responding to the vision and approaches of the first show.

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Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.
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