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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • 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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Emmy Award-winning Filmmaker and Artist Explores Gun Violence and Public Education

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Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310-665-6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu
 

Free screenings of two documentaries by Otis College of Art and Design’s Artist in Residence Brad Pruitt.

LOS ANGELES, CA, Jan. 16, 2013 - Otis College of Art and Design, in collaboration with Watts House Project and MKE<->LAX, presents two free public screenings with filmmaker Brad Pruitt in Culver City and Watts. Otis faculty member and director of MKE<->LAX Sara Daleiden will lead discussions following the screenings.

Screenings
Bending Towards the Light: February 2, 7 PM, Otis Grad Studios, 10455 W Jefferson Blvd, Culver City 90232

Mark my Words: March 7, 7 PM, Watts House Projects, 1726 E. 107th St, Los Angeles, 90002

The Milwaukee-based filmmaker will be artist in residence in Otis Graduate Public Practice from January-April 2013. As an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and artist, Pruitt explores issues such as gun violence and new approaches to public education, finding new voices and ideas to help develop solutions for seemingly intractable challenges. He will co-teach a course on education, community engagement and the value of social change work by artists.

Bending Towards the Light focuses on the U.S. heartland to examine the challenges and hopes of students, parents, teachers, reformers and activists. Mark My Words documents 24 hours in the lives of American poets, featuring their day jobs, home lives, families and routines.

About Otis Graduate Public Practice
The only educational program in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists with advanced skills for working in the public sphere, the Program focuses on both collaborative and individual art production. Public practice – also called participatory art, community art, public art, situational art or social sculpture – consists of video, performance, drawing, photography, sculpture and web-based projects. The Program, under the leadership of Suzanne Lacy, the renowned author and artist, educator, theorist of socially engaged public art, prepares students to re-invent traditional media-specific ways of thinking about art making.

About Watts House Project
In this artist-driven neighborhood redevelopment organization, artists and design professionals, in collaboration with the Watts Towers area residents, employ art as an economic and community development engine to promote and enhance the quality of residential life in the Watts neighborhood. WHP brings residents together in a creative partnership with artists, architects, design professionals, and volunteers to revitalize the neighborhood and re-imagine the environment through inventive programming, community involvement, and functional and creative housing renovations.

About MKE<->LAX
MKE<->LAX investigates cultural exchange, through residencies and public programs between Milwaukee and Los Angeles. MKE<->LAX moves between regions to pose questions about the influence that location, size, market, cultural values and other regional factors have on the arts and cultural identity.

Bending the Light trailer: http://vimeo.com/1905294
Mark My Words trailer: http://vimeo.com/19053522

Contact Consuelo Velasco Montoya (310) 846-2610 or publicpractice@otis.edu

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

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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