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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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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)

 

 

About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
 
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.