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  • A temporary gallery store featuring alumni artists and designers, curated by Robert Apodaca, Owner, Fifth Floor Gallery.

     

    Reception for Alumni and Friends of Otis
    July 25, 3-5pm
    RSVP Required

  • Trials and Troubles

    Jul 25| Special Event
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    Rachel Kushner, Benjamin Weissman, Tom Brosseau; Marcel Dzama, Welcome to the Land of the Bat, 2008 (detail)

    Saturday July 25, 7pm, Free
    Trials and Troubles: A Night of Songs and Stories with Tom Brosseau, Rachel Kushner, and Benjamin Weissman

  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

 




 Bacerra

Ralph Bacerra, Untitled Bowl, 2007

Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

September 26 – December 6, 2015

Exquisite Beauty is the first major exhibition and publication to survey and document the beautiful ceramic vessels and sculptures created by Ralph Bacerra. For more than fifty years, artist and ceramist Ralph Bacerra (1938-2008) consistently challenged and expanded upon ceramic traditions by appropriating cross-cultural influences and employing innovative techniques in his studio practices. Most notably, Bacerra’s contribution to the field was the development and contemporizing of the ancient skill of applying over-glaze enamels to achieve depth and richness of color and pattern. His virtuosic works demonstrate his mastery of materials, consummate craftsmanship, and his innate understanding of the holistic unity of form and surface design. By combining elaborate shapes with intricate, lavish surface decoration, Bacerra became the undisputed master of the ornamental, earning the distinction, conferred by ceramic historian Garth Clark as the “most extraordinary decorative potter of the last fifty years.”

Exquisite Beauty will include more than sixty of the greatest works of Ralph Bacerra’s long career, showcasing dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been highlighted in a major exhibition. These masterworks, along with a fully illustrated catalog, will bring into sharp focus the extraordinary creative vision of one of the key ceramic artists of our time whose oeuvre is deserving of wider recognition and appreciation.

In addition to achieving artistic excellence in the studio, Bacerra was a passionate and effective teacher in the classroom. Bacerra was head of the ceramics department at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles from 1963 to 1972 when the institute closed. He continued his teaching profession in Los Angeles at Otis School of Art (now Otis College of Art and Design) from 1983 through 1998. During that memorable year of 1998, Bacerra was granted the Outstanding Achievement award from the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Art and was appointed a fellow of the American Crafts Council in recognition of his exemplary body of work and his exceptional teaching career. Many of Bacerra’s former Chouinard and Otis students have risen to prominence and have become accomplished artists in the field, all benefiting from Bacerra’s technical virtuosity and keen design sensibility, and the appreciation of materials and skills that he passed on. The Vincent Price Art Museum is presenting a complementary exhibition entitled Crossroads in Clay at Chouinard and Otis: The Ralph Bacerra Years, September 19 - December 5, 2015, curated by Christy Johnson. These two exhibitions will be the first surveys to examine the work of artist Ralph Bacerra within a retrospective setting as well as his lasting influence on those who studied and worked with him in a group show context.

Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty 
Curator: Jo Lauria, Independent Decorative Arts Curator and Scholar. Exhibition Designer: Michael Patrick Porter. Sponsors to date: Friends of Contemporary Ceramics, Lois Boardman Family Foundation, Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Sue Wilson Keanne, and Lin Werner.

This project is supported in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance pasadena art alliance logo

 

Ralph Bacerra Tribute

Make your gift now to support the exhibition Exquisite Beauty: The Ceramics of Ralph Bacerra and help ensure the artistic legacy of Ralph Bacerra.