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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.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • 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.

     

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Los Angeles Art Luminaries Take the Tate Modern, the Hammer Museum, and the Streets of L.A.

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Public Art from Meg Cranston and Roy Dowell commandeers billboards for the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. 2012; Suzanne Lacy’s Crystal Quilt at London’s Tate Modern.

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 31, 2012 - Work by three distinguished artists from Otis College of Art and Design can be viewed currently at the Tate Modern Gallery, Hammer Museum, and on billboards above the streets of Los Angeles.

Meg Cranston (Chair, Fine Arts) and Roy Dowell (Chair, Graduate Fine Arts) were selected to participate in the Hammer Museum’s first large-scale biennial survey of the work of sixty Los Angeles-based artists, Made in L.A. 2012. In addition to the exhibition, on view at the Hammer Museum through September 2, both artists were invited to produce public art billboards on a well-trafficked Los Angeles street.

Roy Dowell's billboard, on display during July on the east side of La Cienega Blvd between Venice and Washington Blvds, is produced by LA><ART Public Art Initiatives and ForYourArt - Los Angeles Public Domain (LAPD). Roy’s collages are inspired by design, advertising, and popular and world cultures. Although he uses abstract elements, Dowell draws from the representational and specific. The billboard recycles scraps of old billboards, combining the languages of public art and large-scale advertising, while connecting the sources and visual elements to his thirteen sculptures on display at the Hammer.

In August, Meg Cranston will create a billboard displayed at the same location. “For my first billboard,” she explains, “I did a version of my work in Made in L.A. 2012 at the Hammer. To have the image (of multiple cigarettes lighters) in two places makes it like an ad campaign. The question is what am I advertising? I suppose “real” advertisements work in a similar way. What is pictured is often only metaphorically related to the product being sold. Puppies can be used to sell toilet paper or an image of a beautiful woman to sell snow tires. To me the lighters have poetic resonance but I will let the audience decide.”

LA><ART’s contribution to Made in L.A. is “This is a Takeover! A Ten-Year Survey of Slanguage.” Slanguage, the internationally renowned artists’ collective co-founded by Otis alumnus Mario Ybarra, Jr., produced an interactive installation along with public events and performances that take place through September. Heralded by the L.A. Times as a “rare institution that successfully straddles the community and mainstream art worlds,” Slanguage focuses on art education, community-building, and interactive exhibitions to cultivate relationships between diverse artists, students, communities, and organizations.

The Crystal Quilt, by pioneering activist and artist Suzanne Lacy (Chair, Graduate Public Practice), has been recreated for London’s Tate Modern, July 18-October 28, for the inaugural exhibition of 'The Tanks' at the Tate Modern, designed by Swiss architectural duo Herzog & de Meuron. The new space, a series of recycled underground concrete oil tanks, opened to the public as part of the current London 2012 Festival in conjunction with the Cultural Olympiad.

The original Crystal Quilt (1987) took place in Minneapolis where Lacy gathered 430 women over the age of 60 to share their views on growing older. The resulting performances, broadcast live on television, were attended by more than 3,000 people. The Crystal Quilt at Tate Modern combines the original elements of performance, activism, and broadcast in an ambitious work fusing social responsibility with the power of aesthetics. Lacy plans to update this groundbreaking piece with ‘granny flash mobs,’ a performance piece that celebrates the achievements of older women in Britain.

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