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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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Tyrus Wong

Documentary on Alumnus Tyrus Wong Screens at Newport Film Festival

If Pamela Tom hadn't watched past the end of "Bambi," she might never have found the inspiration for her documentary, which will screen this week at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

The filmmaker, who lives in Los Angeles, was enjoying a family viewing of a Disney classic a decade and a half ago when a bonus feature at the end of the videotape piqued her curiosity.

Documentary on Alum Tyrus Wong Premieres at Telluride Film Festival

Tyrus is the first in-depth portrait of the art, life, and enduring impact of Tyrus Wong. The film takes the audience on a remarkable journey — from his birthplace of Guangzhou, China in 1910 to the boarding houses of LA’s old Chinatown and the studios of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The film explores his formative years as a young WPA artist and the influence of Sung Dynasty art on his work. At a 104, Tyrus continues to live the life of an artist.

Alumnus Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong ('32) and his father immigrated to the United States from China when he was nine years old. His high school teachers noticed his artistic ability and arranged for a summer scholarship at Otis. Wong left junior high to attend Otis as a full-time student. Wong has worked as a painter, lithographer, muralist, and designer in his long career.

Alumnus Tyrus Wong in The Wall Street Journal

From ‘Bambi’ to Kites, His Work Flies High

Artist Tyrus Wong, 104 years old, is focus of exhibition at Museum of Chinese in America
 
By Elizabeth Yuan
 
After Tyrus Wong retired from the movie business nearly 50 years ago, he started making kites that he would fly over the beach in Santa Monica, Calif. To this day, bobbing on the end of his kite strings are colorful handmade creatures, including owls, centipedes, a pink-and-yellow caterpillar, a panda—sometimes more than a dozen at a time.
 

NPR Profiles Alumnus Tyrus Wong and His Work on Bambi

The Chinese 'Paper Son' Who Inspired The Look Of Disney's 'Bambi'

By Hansi Lo Wang
 
The animals were getting lost in the forest — so the story goes.
 
A year after Walt Disney made history with the release of his studio's first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, his artists were struggling to find the right design for the woodland backgrounds of Bambi, the coming-of-age tale of a young deer.
 

Alumnus Tyrus Wong exhibition

Through February 3, 2014, The Walt Disney Family Museum present the exhibition Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong. Wong, Otis' oldest living alumnus at 102, continues to produce art, and fly kites of his own design. His early work for Disney on the backdrops for Bambi clearly showed the influence of Asian art. San Francisco's cable cars are heralding the event.

Tyrus Wong

Part of the series: Otis Legacy Project: Interviews of Distinguished Otis Alumni. Tyrus Wong attended Otis in 1935. He became a famous artist working for the film industry. One of his most famous jobs was to paint the backgrounds for Bambi. He enjoys flying kites in his retirement. Tyrus was interviewed by Otis students in November 2007. This is an excerpt from the longer video available in the Otis Millard Sheets Library.