Events
  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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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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