• Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

  • Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique.

  • McFetridge is a artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, ‘an all round visual auteur’. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. 


Christopher Knight and Rick Lowe in Residence

Christopher Knight
Christopher Knight
Rick Lowe
Rick Lowe



WHO: Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times is the 2009/10 visiting critic in Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. In his course, titled Criticism, Journalism and Looking @ Art, Knight tells Otis students “Eclecticism is a virtue. For journalistic art criticism, which encounters an unlimited range of art and art-related events, it is also essential.”
WHAT: Criticism, Journalism and Looking @ Art, a public lecture. Otis College is presenting this lecture in conjunction with the Santa Monica College Art Department.
Event is generously sponsored by the SMC Associates.
WHEN: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 7:30 pm
WHERE: The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Directions and parking information at
More Information: Press Release (PDF)





WHO: Artist and community activist Rick Lowe is the Visual Artist-in-Residence for the Spring 2010 semester at Otis, supported by the Nimoy Foundation. Lowe, who founded Project Row Houses - considered the
most impressive and visionary public art project in the country - will work with Otis students to help them understand artists’ larger roles and potential contribution within a community.
WHAT: Towards Social Sculpture: A Conversation with Rick Lowe
WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
7pm Reception, 7:30pm Lecture
WHERE: The Forum at Ahmanson Hall, Otis College Of Art And Design (Goldsmith campus, near LAX) 9045 Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045
More Information: Press Release (PDF)


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