• Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event

    L: Nora 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 for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • 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

  • 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).


Propaganda: Warnings and Lessons from Our Past

Mar 9, 2016
Students Visit Exhibit from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Spotlight Category: College

Students from Otis College of Art and Design's 'Movies that Matter' class were given a preview tour of State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda yesterday.  The traveling exhibition was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and it explores how the Nazis used propaganda to win broad voter support in Germany, implement radical programs, and justify war and mass murder.

Exhibit curator Steven Luckert provided insights and lead student discussions on the use of media and design to garner support for the Nazi party. The exhibit features posters, video, and ephemera from the era that demonstrate the strategic way in which the party appealed to different audiences. Luckert explained how Adolf Hitler would tailor his dress, speeches, and poses to address certain crowds. His mastery of propaganda enabled a fringe group to become the reigning political party and cause devastation throughout Europe.  

'Movies that Matter' is a class which uses films to explore social themes and the class will be examining antisemitism in the upcoming weeks. "I want my students to understand that words and images have power, and sometimes that power is used to attempt to influence or change thought or behavior," says Perri Chasin, the professor leading this Creative Action class. "It is crucial that they have a historical perspective and understand the devastating effects that propaganda has led to and can lead to in the future.  I hope to teach them to be critical listeners, to question and research information to determine what is truth and what is not.  And, I hope they become active, informed global citizens who engage in political dialogue and as artists contribute to making this a better world." 

In addition to the exhibit, the students were able to hear from Holocaust survivor Robert Clary. Many may know Clary from his role on Hogan's Heroes, though the experience the actor and author shared was that of his time in two concentration camps. The youngest of fourteen children, twelve other members of his immediate family were sent to Auschwitz. Clary's message was one of facing life's adversity through humor and humility.  


The exhibit is on view starting March 10 through August 21 at Los Angeles' Central Public Library.

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