Ed Ruscha, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, 1966, Artist's book
Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books
January 25 – March 30, 2014
Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books is a group exhibition featuring approximately 120 works from OTIS Millard Sheets Library’s Special Collection of 2,100 artists books dating from the 1960s to the present. The Otis Artists‘ Book Collection is one of the largest in Southern California. It houses a wide range of works representing every genre of artists‘ books by such luminaries as Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, and Ed Ruscha, as well as significant works from major centers of production like Beau Geste Press, Paradise Press, Printed Matter, Red Fox Press, and Woman‘s Studio Workshop. A foundational strength of the collection is its holdings of artists books made in the 1960s and 1970s—a time when this material was often not collected by libraries because so much of it was hard to define, catalog and house. The exhibition also includes a reading room showcasing new work produced by OTIS students in the Fall 2013 semester.
Work by: Kim Abeles, Sally Alatalo, Booklyn Artists Alliance, Ant Farm, Emily Artinian, Molly Barker, Michael Bartalos, Carol June Barton, Larry Bell, Barbara Bloom, Sarah Bryant, David Bunn, Chris Burden, Macy Chadwick, Rebecca Chamlee, Julie Chen, Laurie Whitehill Chong, C&C Press/Matt Cohen and Sher Zabaszkiewicz, Billy Collins, Critical Art Ensemble, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Johanna Drucker, Mary Beth Edelson, Sam Erenberg, Carol Es, Daniel Essig, Eugene Feldman, Fly, Charles Henri Ford, Annette Gates, Cheri Gaulke, Amy Gerstler, Conrad Gleber, Fred Hagstrom, Karen Hanmer, Romano Hänni, George Herms, Dick Higgins, Tatana Kellner, Ronald King, Susan E. King, Ellen Knudson, Karen Kunc, Cynthia Lollis, Ken Leslie, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Margot Lovejoy, Sue Maberry, Barbara Maloutas, Cynthia Marsh, Scott McCarney, Paul McCarthy, Marshall McLuhan, Clifton Meador, Bruce Nauman, Katherine Ng, Bonnie Thompson Norman, Robert Oberhand, Dain Olsen, Lisa Onstad, Dennis Oppenheim, Laura Owens, Gary Panter, Werner Pfeiffer, Amy Pirkle, Arnoldo Pomodoro, Rachel Rosenthal, Sue Ann Robinson, Dieter Roth, Edward Ruscha, Niki de Saint Phalle, David Sandlin, Wilbur H. Schilling, Carolee Schneemann, Anat Shalev, Buzz Spector, Annie Sprinkle, Jana Sim, Alexis Smith, Jessica Spring, David Stairs, Gary Sweeney, Jennifer Tee, Barbara Tetenbaum, Beth Thielen, Fred Tomaselli, Rae Trujillo, Jeffrey Vallance, Paul Vangelisti, Kara Walker, Pamela S. Wood, J. Meejin Yoon, Philip Zimmermann, Marilyn Zornado.
The Gallery has commissioned Hazel Mandujano to create a single-sheet artist’s book as a free, downloadable PDF. It will be available by January 5 at www.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery.
Binding Desire is organized by the Ben Maltz Gallery with the curatorial council of the following OTIS staff and faculty: Cathy Chambers, Assistant Director of the Library; Rebecca Chamlee, Associate Professor in Book Arts; Linda Dare, OTIS Lab Press Manager; Jeseca Dawson, 2012-14 Curatorial Fellow; Nancy Jo Haselbacher, Associate Professor in Communication Arts; Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions; Sue Maberry, Director of the Library and Instructional Technology; Barbara Maloutas, Associate Chair, Communication Arts; and JT Steiny, Senior Lecturer in Illustration. Additional project advisors and partners include Guy Bennett, Professor in OTIS Liberal Arts and Sciences and Grad Writing; Kathleen Walkup, Professor and Book Art Program Head, Mills College, CA; and artist Susan E. King. This project is funded in part by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and campus project partners include OTIS Millard Sheets Library, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lab Press, Communication Arts and Continuing Education.
Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad
April 12 – July 27, 2014
Freeway Studies is a multi-year, contemporary art-focused curatorial project organized by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, with the assistance of Jeseca Dawson, 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.
Inside the Quad will feature work by 25-30 contemporary artists whose studios are located inside the border defined by the following freeways: I-405, I-110, I-10 and I-105. The impetus for this curatorial endeavor continues to be an effort to survey, one studio at a time, the neighborhoods and networks of artists working in Los Angeles. Starting in June and ending in December 2013, Linton and Dawson are visiting with as many artists as they can within the designated area and documenting each visit on the project blog. This dérive breaks out of existing curatorial preconceptions and knowledge to expand the analog network between curator, artist, and institution. Geographic parameters, along with word-of-mouth referrals, are used to ping-pong from studio to studio, shifting the confines of the existing paradigm.
Food – Life – Water / Lucy + Jorge Orta
August 16 – December 6, 2014
This exhibition is the US premier of the Orta’s work and was curated by Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duggan (c2 | curatorsquared) and organized by the Tufts University Art Gallery.
The sculptures, drawings, installations and video by this French wife-husband duo, Lucy+Jorge Orta, collectively explore major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change and exchange among peoples. At the same time, this work embodies the philosophy that steers their pioneering art practice, ‘the ethics of aesthetics.’ As heirs to the practice of social sculpture, formulated by Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, the Ortas’ works are relics of their own function—beguiling assemblages that are the platform for the preparation of food, mechanisms that actually purify water, and elements created for a 2007 expedition to Antarctica that are part of an effort to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The works in this exhibition are metaphors-in-action, constructions that perform the tasks of which they are emblematic.
These humorous, jerrybuilt contraptions are obviously not the most efficient means to purify, prepare and transport food and water, or to launch a world-wide humanitarian effort, but in their ability to actually function, albeit, awkwardly and haltingly, they gain power as works of art created to move us to awareness and action. The artists have created a unique visual language through which they tackle the major global issues affecting our lives and the precarious position of this planet. As the Orta’s artwork communicates widely to audiences beyond the field of contemporary art, it demonstrates the importance of art as a creative agent for awareness and change.
Working in partnership since 2005, Lucy+Jorge Orta create, produce, and assemble their artworks and large installations together with a team of artists, designers, architects, and craftspeople. They stage on-location workshops, ephemeral interventions, residencies, and master classes, which explore the crucial themes of the contemporary world: the community, autonomy, dwelling, migration, sustainable development, and recycling. Their work has been the focus of important survey exhibitions in major museums, including: the Barbican Art Gallery, London; Modern Art Museum, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; as well as the Venice, Havana, and Johannesburg Biennales
Freeway Studies #3: In the Loop
April 11 – June 7, 2015
Freeway Studies is a multi-year, contemporary art-focused curatorial project organized by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, and launched with the assistance of Jeseca Dawson, 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.
In the Loop will feature work by 25-30 contemporary artists whose studios are located inside the border defined by the following freeways: I-I10, I-110, and I-5. The impetus for this curatorial endeavor continues to be an effort to survey, one studio at a time, the neighborhoods and networks of artists working in Los Angeles. Starting in June and ending in December 2014, Linton and the 2014-16 Curatorial Fellow are visiting with as many artists as they can within the designated area and documenting each visit on the project blog. This dérive breaks out of existing curatorial preconceptions and knowledge to expand the analog network between curator, artist, and institution. Geographic parameters, along with word-of-mouth referrals, are used to ping-pong from studio to studio, shifting the confines of the existing paradigm.
Exquisite Beauty: The Ceramics of Ralph Bacerra
September 16 – December 6, 2015
Bacerra was recognized early in his career as a key artist working in ceramics by two major publications, American Ceramics: 1876 to The Present by Garth Clark (1987) and The History of American Ceramics: From Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms, 1607 to the Present by Elaine Levin (1988). More recently, his work appeared in several significant ceramic exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2000, Newark Museum in 2003, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2012. Despite this acknowledgement, Bacerra’s work remains under-recognized and under-documented, having lacked a major survey, mid-career, or retrospective devoted entirely to his prodigious output and vast influence. That is until now. Exquisite Beauty brings together more than 60 examples of his finest works, showcasing dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition. These masterworks, along with a fully illustrated catalog, illuminate the extraordinary creative vision of one of the key ceramic artists of our time.
Curators: Jo Lauria, Independent Decorative Arts Curator and Scholar, and Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Otis College of Art and Design. 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.
A traveling exhibition is being planned. If you are interested in hosting Exquisite Beauty between 2016-2018, please contact Meg Linton, firstname.lastname@example.org for a prospectus.