• Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton


Upcoming Exhibitions

January 2017 | Anna Craycroft: Tune the Room
Multidisciplinary artist Anna Craycroft will organize programming in the Ben Maltz Gallery. Mining fields like education, cinema, psychology, literature and art history, Craycroft examines cultural models for fostering individuality. Through drawings, paintings, videos, sculptures, furniture, installations, books, workshops, and curatorial projects, she works thematically on a single thesis over a series of exhibitions.

April 2017 | Todd Gray

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.

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