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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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Patssi Valdez ('85), recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Latina of Excellence Award, Flintridge fellowship, Durfee Foundation Grant, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship Grant, and an NEA in painting, has remained particularly active in the West Coast art scene.

Her work is a part of the traveling exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, curated by Cheech Marin, touring through 2008. Venues for that exhibition include the Smithsonian Institution, the De Young Fine Arts Museum (San Francisco), and LACMA.

Growing up in East Los Angeles, she became the only female among the seminal, four-member Chicano art group ASCO ("nausea" in Spanish). ASCO's members included the well-known photographer Harry Gamboa and artists Willie Herron and Gronk. ASCO expanded the definition of Chicano art beyond murals and posters by experimenting with a range of art forms, including street performance, photographic montage, pageantry, and conceptual art.

Valdez' work speaks volumes not just in her use of spectacular color, but by the intentional omissions in her paintings, such as a dressing table strewn with souvenirs (and just Valdez's mirrored reflection).

Says writer Rita Gonzalez, "It is everyday and domestic life, with its textures and subtly shifting ambiences that has continued as a constant in Valdez' work."

Valdez is represented by the Patricia Correia Gallery (Santa Monica) and Carlotta's Passion (Eagle Rock) and exhibited at the San Jose Art Museum. A traveling fifty-piece survey of her work took place at the Mexican Museum (San Francisco) and the Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach).

Since the mid-1990s, she has been an art consultant for such films as La Familia (1995) and Production Designer for Luminaries (1998). 

 

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