Events
  • Alex Olson

    Dec 06| Lectures
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    Artsy best decribes Alex Olson’s works as "abstract, but that’s not how she would choose to refer to them: “In fact, the way I approach painting is almost the opposite in that nothing is an abstraction of something else,” she says. “It literally is what it is.” Olson’s paintings aim to be exact records of how they were made, self-evident in their construction.

  • Marisa Matarazzo is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Writing program at Otis. She is the author of Drenched: Stories of Love and Other Deliriums, which Aimee Bender called "a collection that marks its own territory and stamps it out with a textured beauty." Her work has appeared in Faultline, Hobart, Fivechapters, Unstuck, and other literary journals, and she has taught at UCLA Extension, the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles, and UC Irvine.

  • Gracie DeVito’s work challenges codified modes of art making and production; the output of the work shifts fluidly from painting, to sculpture, to found objects, to performance. Characters and motifs, manifested by DeVito herself or by the characters she creates, rotate through the 2D and 3D spaces of her pieces. 

  • Joint Venture

    Dec 10| Exhibition
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    Joint Venture is a group exhibition of collaborative projects by artists from ECF’s Inglewood Art Center and students from Otis College's Creative Action class, Uniquely Abled, taught by Michele Jaquis and mentored by Marlena Donohue.

     

    December 8, 2016 - January 6, 2017

    Gallery Hours M - F 11am - 3:30pm

     

  • LA Portfolio Day

    Jan 15| Special Event
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    Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to host the Los Angeles Portfolio Day on January 15, 2017 from 12-4pm!

    Bring your portfolio for an informal review by representatives from art and design schools, and learn about their programs of study. Portfolio Day events are held across the country, high school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Tuning the Room

    Jan 28| Exhibition
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    Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room

    January 28 - April 16, 2017

    Ben Maltz Gallery

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Otis Speaks 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2008 
Media contact: Kathy MacPherson, galleryinfo@otis.edu, 310.665.6909. Images available. 

Otis Speaks series spring 2008

The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present the spring 2008  Otis Speaks series:  
Otis Speaks is an eclectic series of public programs presented by artists, designers, and innovators working in a variety of fields who openly share their projects, ideas and observations about our visual world. All Otis Speaks programs are held at Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045, are free, open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information archive.otis.edu or contact the Ben Maltz Gallery at 310 665 6905

 

Thursday, January 31, 7:30pm, Forum Lecture
Recent Works 
Domenick Ammirati
Domenick Ammirati is a writer, critic and Senior Editor at Modern Painters magazine. Ammirati presents a talk about his recent work as a critic and writer. His criticism has appeared in Artforum, Index, and Artext. He was a critical studies fellow in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Core program from 2005 to 2006, and his fiction was recently published in Plazm magazine.


Monday, February 4, 7:30pm, Ben Maltz Gallery Conversation
Shaolin: Temple of Zen
Justin Guariglia, Gene Ching, and Craig Reid
Conversation with photographer Justin Guariglia of National Geographic Traveler; Gene Ching Associate Publisher of Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine; and Craig Reid, Ph.D., martial arts film historian, fight choreographer and martial artist.

 

Sunday, February 10, 4pm, Ben Maltz Gallery Conversation Henry Jenkins and Stephen Duncombe
From Participatory Culture to Participatory Democracy: Politics in the Age of YouTube
Henry Jenkins, Co-Director of the M.I.T. Comparative Media Studies Program, in conversation with Stephen Duncombe, author of Dream: Re-Imaging Progressive Politics in the Age of Fantasy, discuss how the internet and technology are changing the face of politics and the role of citizens in our evolving democracy.    

 

Monday, February 25, 7:30pm, Ben Maltz Gallery Panel Discussion
Cultural Representation in the Media 

Félix Gutiérrez, Lena Chao-Young, and Clint C. Wilson II  Moderator: Parme Giuntini
Otis Director of Art History Parme Giuntini, Ph.D., moderates a panel discussion with Professors Félix Gutiérrez, Ph.D., Professor of Journalism and Communication at USC; Lena Chao-Young, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Studies at Cal State LA; and Clint C. Wilson II, Ed.D., author and Professor of Journalism at Howard University, discuss the challenges of how cultural identity is constructed by the media.

 

Friday, February 29, 8pm, Ahmanson Bldg B06 Screening A Night of Hong Kong Kung Fu Cinema The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1983)
In conjunction with the exhibition Shaolin: Temple of Zen, join Craig Reid in the presentation of a double feature of renowned martial arts film director Liu Chia-Liang.  The 36th Chamber of Shaolin traces the true-life story of Monk San Te (portrayed by Gordon Liu), one of the fabled Ten Tigers of Shaolin. This film opened the Shaolin temple doors and changed the direction of Hong Kong kung fu cinema.  Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, starring Alexander Fu Shen in his last film, chronicles the heroics of the real-life Yang family men, which gave rise to the 9th century legendary Yang women warriors who successfully led the Chinese army against foreign invaders.

 

Sunday, March 9, 4pm, Ben Maltz Gallery Lecture
Cultural Planning in the city of Los Angeles

Adolfo Nodal
Adolfo Nodal, President of the City of Los Angeles’ Cultural Affairs Commission, discusses LA’s cultural planning process over the last two decades and into the future. 

 

Thursday, March 13, 7:30pm, Ben Maltz Gallery Conversation
Musically Speaking

Kali Nikitas and Rich Shelton
Join Rich Shelton, Otis Faculty in Digital Media, and Kali Nikitas, Chair of Communication Arts and Graduate Graphic Design, in a dynamic conversation as they explore the art and design of the album cover. They will share their curatorial brainstorming process as they discuss an upcoming exhibition they are organizing for the Ben Maltz Gallery in 2009-10. After the conversation, play music and buy records from some very cool independent vinyl vendors.

 

Location: Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Parking and Admission: Free. Visitor parking in structure on La Tijera. Gallery Office Hours:

 

Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Information: 310.665.6905, galleryinfo@otis.edu, archive.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery
Image above: Film still from The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

 

 

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