Events
  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Image: Electronic Sound Bath
     

  • L: Nora Jane Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • 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. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

    Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas. Talking to Action is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.
     

  • 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.

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Suzanne Lacy to Recieve Distinguished Artist Award For Lifetime Achievement from the College Art Association

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

Radical Artist and Public Practice Chair at Otis College Recognized for Commitment to Feminism and Social Change

Award Presentation on February 10
Coincides with Release of Lacy Biography

LOS ANGELES (January 25, 2010) – The College Art Association (CAA) has announced that Suzanne Lacy will be the recipient of its 2010 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement. According to CAA, this award celebrates the career of an artist who, among other distinctions, has demonstrated particular commitment to her work throughout a long career and has had an important impact nationally and internationally on the field. Lacy, who lives and works in Los Angeles, is the founding chair of the MFA Public Practice program at Otis College of Art and Design, first joining the college in 2002 as head of the Fine Arts Department. She is an internationally regarded artist whose work over almost four decades includes installations, video, and performance that address issues of sexual violence, aging, incarceration, illness, poverty, and a range of social-justice issues. In announcing this 2010 award recipient, CAA wrote “the continuum of Suzanne Lacy’s career mirrors the history of contemporary art: performance, installation, activism, social practice, and public engagement. Lacy has maintained a career resolute in its commitment to feminism and social change”. Beginning in the mid-1960s as a zoology student at University of California, Santa Barbara, Lacy later attended the Feminist Art Program at California Institute for the Arts, where she received her MFA. She was an integral and pioneering member of the Women’s Studio Workshop, Woman’s Building, and other important landmarks of feminist art. Lacy is also co•founder of the Visual Public Arts Institute at California State University, Monterey, and editor of Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art. One of CAA’s most illustrious prizes, the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement, first presented in 1988, has recognized the long, prominent, and influential careers of many contemporary artists, among them Joan Mitchell and Louise Bourgeois in the 1980s; Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Peter Voulkos and John Baldessari in the 1990s; and Alison Knowles, Elizabeth Murray, Wayne Thiebaud and Chris Burden in the last decade.

The CAA Award jury members who selected Suzanne Lacy for the 2010 honor are Stephanie Barron, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, chair; Hannah Higgins, University of Illinois, Chicago; and Alison de Lima Green, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In congratulating Lacy, Otis College President Samuel Hoi said “As artist, educator, social activist, and writer, her work over the course of more than 30 years has focused on taking art out of the gallery and into the world to engage new audiences and galvanize a public discussion about race, poverty, and social justice. Otis College is extremely proud and pleased to have Suzanne as an illustrious member of our faculty, and we congratulate her on this distinguished award”. CAA President Paul B. Jaskot will present the 2010 Awards for Distinction at Convocation, to be held during CAA’s 98th Annual Conference on February 10 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The Annual Conference—hosting scholarly sessions, panel discussions, career-development workshops, art exhibitions, a book and trade fair, and more—is the largest gathering of artists, art historians, students, and arts professionals in the United States. In addition, a new book on Lacy, written by Sharon Irish and published by the University of Minnesota Press, will be released in early February 2010. Suzanne Lacy Spaces Between is the first in-depth exploration of the dynamic work of this radical artist. Lacy will be present with the author at a book signing on February 11 from Noon until 1pm at the University of Minnesota Press booth during the CAA Conference. Additional information on CAA, the 2010 Awards for Distinction and the 98th Annual Conference is available at http://www.collegeart.org Information on Otis College of Art and Design is available at http://archive.otis.edu or by calling 310 665-6800.

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