Events
  • Marisa Matarazzo is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Writing program at Otis. She is the author of Drenched: Stories of Love and Other Deliriums, which Aimee Bender called "a collection that marks its own territory and stamps it out with a textured beauty." Her work has appeared in Faultline, Hobart, Fivechapters, Unstuck, and other literary journals, and she has taught at UCLA Extension, the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles, and UC Irvine.

  • Gracie DeVito’s work challenges codified modes of art making and production; the output of the work shifts fluidly from painting, to sculpture, to found objects, to performance. Characters and motifs, manifested by DeVito herself or by the characters she creates, rotate through the 2D and 3D spaces of her pieces. 

  • Campus Safety Training

    Dec 08| Special Event
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    You are invited to attend a very important training presentation by the Los Angeles Police Department. The training session is designed to give participants insight and response options when encountering an active shooter.

  • Joint Venture

    Dec 10| Exhibition
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    Joint Venture is a group exhibition of collaborative projects by artists from ECF’s Inglewood Art Center and students from Otis College's Creative Action class, Uniquely Abled, taught by Michele Jaquis and mentored by Marlena Donohue.

     

    December 8, 2016 - January 6, 2017

    Gallery Hours M - F 11am - 3:30pm

     

  • LA Portfolio Day

    Jan 15| Special Event
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    Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to host the Los Angeles Portfolio Day on January 15, 2017 from 12-4pm!

    Bring your portfolio for an informal review by representatives from art and design schools, and learn about their programs of study. Portfolio Day events are held across the country, high school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Tuning the Room

    Jan 28| Exhibition
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    Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room

    January 28 - April 16, 2017

    Ben Maltz Gallery

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January 28 - April 16, 2017  |  Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room

Anna Craycroft

In acoustical engineering, “tuning the room” is a technique for measuring the specific sound properties of an enclosed space and then adapting the environment to improve its acoustic reflections. New York-based artist Anna Craycroft applies this technique both literally and metaphorically to the Ben Maltz Gallery for her exhibition Tuning the Room. Craycroft’s exhibition asks that we consider how the specific characteristics of an environment shape our experience within it, and how we become attuned in return. It invites us to ask questions about our reciprocal relationships beyond the exhibition. How do we tune our communities, our institutions, our countries, and how do they tune us in return?

The measure and alterations of Craycroft’s “room tuning” are framed in relation to its setting within the art gallery of an art school. In the wake of the U.S. presidential election, and in anticipation of the exhibition runtime falling during the first months of the new administration, Tuning the Room is a proposal to pay attention to the role that art and art education play in how voices are heard.

Craycroft’s site-specific installation fills the 3,500 square foot space of Ben Maltz Gallery, dividing it into two discrete spaces with contrasting perceptual effects. In one half of the gallery sound and light are absorbed by hand-dyed fabric acoustical panels and soft sculpture. In the other half sound and light are reflected by a chrome vinyl mural and aluminum seating. The absorptive side allows for voices to be heard clearly, and invites gatherings and discussion. The reflective side incites reverberation, motion, and outwardness. Tuning the Room is presented as an experimental tool for engaging with ideas of behavior, voice, reception, tuning, and the transfer of knowledge and energy.

Over the course of the exhibition, a variety of programs will take place inside the exhibition space that respond to this adapted environment. The events engage the teachers and students of Otis College and are open to the public at large. A working calendar — occupying the title wall of the exhibition entrance as well as online — will act as a visible tool to the Otis College and LA community, describing the activities occurring in the space.

Anna Craycroft lives and works in New York City. Mining fields like education, cinema, psychology, literature and art history in her practice, she examines cultural models for fostering individuality. Through drawings, paintings, videos, sculptures, furniture, installations, books, workshops, or curatorial projects she works thematically on a single thesis over a series of exhibitions.

Craycroft has had solo shows at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland Oregon, the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin Texas, Tracy Williams Ltd in NYC, Le Case del Arte in Milan Italy, and a two-persons exhibition at Redcat Gallery in Los Angeles, Sandroni Rey in Los Angeles and the Fundacio Miro in Barcelona. In November 2016, the artist debuted a major new commission, The Earth Is a Magnet, as part of the ICA Boston exhibition, The Artist’s Museum. Notable group exhibitions include Champs Elysees at Palais de Tokyo Paris, France, and PS1’s Greater New York 2005. She has also received commissions for public sculpture from Art in General, Socrates Sculpture Park NYC, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center NYC, and from Den Haag Sculptuur, the Hague Netherlands.

Artist's website: http://annacraycroft.com
 



April 2017  |  TBA
 



September 2017  |  Talking to Action Part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA / LA

Talking to Action is an exhibition and bi-lingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in Latin America and Los Angeles. As part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, Ben Maltz Gallery is pleased to be one of the select arts organizations across Southern California to have received the prestigious grant to present groundbreaking exhibitions and programs highlighting different aspects of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with and within Los Angeles.

Talking to Action investigates contemporary community-based social art practices in Latin America and Los Angeles, and will feature a range of practices that blur the lines between object making, political and environmental activism, community organizing, and performance art, through the work of contemporary artists and collectives from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and the U.S. Mirroring the educational imperative found in many of the practices, and Otis’ commitment to teaching and investigating Social Practice, Talking to Action leans on the history of critical pedagogy and dialogically-driven community organizing efforts from Latin America. Those collective pedagogical efforts were greatly influential to generations of artists and activists throughout the hemisphere through the work of Paolo Freire and others.

The social practice artists included in Talking to Action address critical issues such as migration and memory, critical spatial mapping, environmental issues, gender rights and legislation, indigenous knowledge, and racial violence. The exhibition will feature a diverse array of projects, such as an exchange of correspondence between Buenos Aires-based artist Eduardo Molinari and Los Angeles artist Sandra de la Loza as they research the archives and history of social activism in their respective cities, the work of the Mexican collective SEFT (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada) which created a playfully futuristic vehicle to explore disused railroads in order to map the history of capital development in their country; and São Paulo-based Frente 3 de Fevereiro, who use cartography, film, and urban intervention to trace the violent lineage of “exporting” militarization and social control of Afro communities within the historic conflicts in Medellín, Colombia, to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and the natural disasters in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Talking to Action will be accompanied by a range of public programs, including screenings, lectures, and artist interventions, as well as incorporation into Otis curriculums at many levels and sites on campus. A comprehensive bilingual publication, including critical essays by key researchers, scholars, and artists that have been involved in the deep research and development of the dialogue between the social practices in each hemisphere during the research phase of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA grant.

Frente 3 de Fevereiro
Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Arquitetura da Exclusão, digital photo, 2010.
 



January 2018  |  Suzan Pitt
Mini-retrospective of the LA-based experimental animator and painter Suzan Pitt. Pitt has taught at Cal Arts for about 15 years and is a bit of a hidden gem in LA.
http://home.earthlink.net/~suzanpitt/
 



April 2017  |  Todd Gray

 

TBA
 

 

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