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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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Cesar Garcia – Director and Chief Curator, The Mistake Room
Glenn Kaino – contemporary artist
Kris Kuramitsu – Deputy Director and Senior Curator, The Mistake Room

In conjunction with Otis’ Creative Action program, Big City Forum presents a series of four discussions featuring individuals who reinvent social space and redefine how we engage with each other.

The third panel scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd highlights the story behind The Mistake Room, LA’s new independent non-profit cultural institution devoted to an international program of contemporary art and thought. Founder, lead curator, and artist will discuss their collaborative process and the motivations behind developing this experimental site for creative engagement

Cesar Garcia is the Founding Director and Chief Curator of The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA. A curator, writer and educator, Garcia formerly served as the Associate Director and Senior Curator of LA> Made in L.A. 2012 --the first Los Angeles Biennial organized by the Hammer Museum and LA> Superclogger (2010); Tijuana artist Marcos Ramirez ERRE's retrospective at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (with co-curator Kevin Power, 2011); a re-staging of Mark di Suvero's Artist's Tower of Protest for the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival (2012); the United States debut of Egyptian artist Wael Shawky's Cabaret Crusades at the Hammer Museum (2013); and artist Oscar Murillo's first institutional solo show in the United States, Distribution Center, at The Mistake Room (2014). Garcia has written extensively for art publications and museum catalogues, lectures frequently, and has served on various advisory and selection committees for foundations and international exhibitions. Currently Garcia is organizing artist Eduardo Sarabia's mid-career survey, slated to open in May 2014 at the Centro Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara; Thai-artist Korakrit Arunanondchai's first Los Angeles solo show, slated to open at The Mistake Room in July 2014; and the Spring 2015 International Artist Residency round at Artpace, San Antonio.

Glenn Kaino (b. 1972, Los Angeles) received his BFA from the University of California, Irvine, in 1993 and his MFA from the University of California, San Diego, in 1996. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including “Glenn Kaino:19.83,” at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, “Glenn Kaino: Safe|Vanish,” at LA>

Kris Kuramitsu is the Deputy Director and Senior Curator of The Mistake Room, Los Angeles and the Associate Director for Artis in Los Angeles. She has served as the Director of Special Projects at LA> Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival at venues across Los Angeles County and Made in LA at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park; Programs Director for Creative Link for the Arts, New York; the Curator for the Collections of Eileen and Peter Norton, and for the Collection of Eileen Harris Norton; and as the Arts Programs Director for the Peter Norton Family Foundation. In addition, she has consulted for non-profit arts organizations and foundations such as United States Artists and the California Community Foundation. Currently, Kuramitsu is organizing an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Mike Kanemitsu that will open at The Mistake Room in September 2014. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Pomona College and an M.A. in Art History from UCLA. 

April 2014
22
Lectures
Big City Forum Panel Discussion
7:00PM - 8:30PM Ahmanson Hall Forum
April 2014
22
2014-04-22 19:00 2014-04-22 20:30
Lectures
Big City Forum Panel Discussion
7:00PM - 8:30PM | Ahmanson Hall Forum
9045 Lincoln Blvd L.A. 90045