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  • Otis College of Art and Design Fine Arts Department presents the film collaborative from Berlin OJOBOCA.

     

    Thursday April 2nd, 2015
    7pm in Ahmanson Hall, lower-level screening room.
    9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

     

  • Chen Tamir is a distinguished Israeli curator and art writer based in Tel Aviv, where she works at the Center for Contemporary Art. She was listed by Artslant as one of 15 curators to watch in 2015. Until recently she was based in New York working as an independent curator and also as Executive Director of Flux Factory, a non-profit arts center in Queens, NY, where she founded an acclaimed residency program and set up a thriving institution. Chen holds an M.A. from Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies, a B.A. in Anthropology, and a B.F.A. in Visual Art from York University.

  • Rea Tajiri

    Apr 07| Lectures
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    Rea Tajiri is a New York based filmmaker and educator who has written and directed an eclectic body of dramatic, experimental, and documentary films currently in commercial and educational distribution. She is also an Associate Professor at Temple University in the Film Media Arts Department.
     
    Learn more about the artist here.
     
  • Dusk to Dusk

    Apr 11| Exhibition
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    James Aldridge, The Gathering, 2010, Acrylic on canvas


    Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal

    April 11 - July 26, 2015  |  Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 10-5 / Thu 10-7 / Sat-Sun 12-4

  • Come fly a kite!

    Bring your family and friends to make and fly kites at the beach.

    Everyone will receive his or her own free, unique kite along with color theory instruction. Otis students will provide advice.

    Where

    Just north of the Santa Monica Pier
    Parking at the North Parking Lot 1: $12

    When

    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10 am – 4 pm

  • Hideaki Kawashima, 130, 2004, Acrylic on canvas
     

    Opening Reception for Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal
    4-6pm

    Gallery walk-thru with Curator Richard Rinehart at 4:30pm

     

  • Graduate Open Studios

    Apr 12| Special Event
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    2015 Graduate Open Studios

    Visit studios and meet MFA students in Fine Arts and Public Practice.

    Open to the Public. Free parking behind building.

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Curricular Connections: Bridging Homeboy Industries Exhibition

Bridging Homeboy Industries
January 2 – March 23, 2013

Homeboy Industries

Artists: Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu, and Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez

Guest Curator: Annie Buckley (’03 MFA)

Bridging Homeboy Industries features the work of Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu, and Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, three working artists who share roots in the East L.A. neighborhood of Boyle Heights, a close-knit community beset by poverty and violence. Though their paths and practices are unique, each has benefited from the services of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention program in the nation. Founded as a jobs program by Father Gregory Boyle in 1992, Homeboy Industries continues to thrive as a network of successful businesses supported and run by former gang members. Two decades on, Debora, Kizu, and Muñoz Hernandez all count Father Boyle—or G, as he is fondly referred to by many—as a mentor, supporter, and friend. He is the person who saw in them the artists they would become and who fostered a sense of hope and possibility for them during times when these were scarce. This encouragement, combined with their own relentless passion for art, fed their development as artists.

During what G [Father Greg Boyle] calls the ‘decade of death’, I got into a lot of trouble, but Father Greg, no matter what I did, was always encouraging me to do my art. … I felt hopeless, but G would hire us to do murals and artwork, and now I realize that those acts of faith helped me to overcome many of the obstacles that I faced as a youth.

—Alex Kizu

Fabian Debora, who is now a staff-member at Homeboy Industries, makes compellingly honest paintings influenced by Chicano and contemporary representational art. Alex Kizu's color-infused canvases feature variations on the highly complex and ornate graffiti lettering he learned as a boy from local street artists and knowledge gained as a recent graduate of the Art Department of California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez's bronze sculptures and spray paint and marker paintings fuse graffiti with diagrammatic architectural drawings and grow out of an 18-year apprenticeship with the sculptor Robert Graham and a background in street art. This exhibition includes several works by each artist and a new, large-scale collaborative mural.

Videos

Links to Information About the Artists and Organization

Fabian Debora
Alex Kizu
Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez
Alex Kizu and Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez
Homeboy Industries
Guest Curator: Annie Buckley
Otis and Homeboy Industries

Under the direction of Otis Faculty Ysamur Flores-Pena, Otis students have been working closely with Homeboy Industries in a variety of ways since 2007. The following is a list of blogs from each Creative Action Course. (The following links my be active only for the Otis Community or while on campus.)

Further Reading

G-dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles by Celeste Fremon with a foreword by Tom Brokaw. Summary: This book originally published in 1995 updates us on the lives of the East Los Angeles homeboys with whom Father Greg Boyle continues to work, allowing for an analysis as to how some former gang members are able to make it out, while others are not. Call Number: HV6439 U7 L784 2008

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle. Summary: Father Boyle started Homeboy Industries nearly 20 years ago, providing jobs and training for members of more than half the gangs in Los Angeles. This collection presents parables about kinship and the sacredness of life drawn from Boyle's years of working with gangs. Call Number: BV4517 B665 2010

The Gangs of Los Angeles by William Dunn. Summary: The Gangs of Los Angeles is a classic, real life account of American crime. From the early Tomato Gangs of 1890's Boyle Heights to the modern Crips and Mara Salvatrucha, with side trips through an Irish Dogtown, the gang wars of "Happy Valley", Sleepy Lagoon and the yellow journalism of the Hearst Press, and a tragic murder at Sunset and Vine, Dunn recounts the events and notorious denizens that spawned LA's gang subculture. Call Number: HV6439 U7 L732 2007

Wallbangin’: Graffiti and Gangs in L.A. by Susan A. Phillips. Call Number: GT3913.13 C2 P55 1999

Barrio Gangs: Street Life and Identity in Southern California by James Diego Vigil. Call Number: HV6439 U5 L8 1988

East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A. Photographs by Joseph Rodríguez; Essay by Rubén Martínez; Interview with Luis J. Rodríguez. Call Number: HV6439 U7 E2257 1998