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  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Image: Electronic Sound Bath
     

  • L: Nora Jane Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

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Shamsia Hassani Visits Otis Fine Arts

Mar 16, 2016
Afghan Graffiti Artist and Activist
Spotlight Category: Distinguished Visitors

Afghan graffiti artist and educator, Shamsia Hassani, visited Otis Fine Arts on March 2. During her visit, Hassani had lunch with faculty, gave a lecture about her practice, and did studio visits with fine arts seniors. Department Chair Meg Cranston first met the artist in her home country of Afghanistan while traveling there in 2014 for the Afghan Carpet Project, a collaboration between six LA artists and weavers in Kabul and Bamiyan that was presented at the UCLA Hammer Museum last year.

Shamsia Hassani is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Hammer Museum. She is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Kabul University. In 2014, Hassani was named one of Foreign Policy Journal's 100 Global Thinkers. She is one of the founders of the Berang Arts Organization, the first artist-run collective in Afghanistan. While in Los Angeles, the artist has also completed a mural in the West Adams neighborhood and had a solo show of new paintings at Seyhoun Gallery.

To learn more about this rising star, see a March 16, 2016 article in the LA Times: See how graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani is giving Afghan woman a voice despite the danger.; or view this video by The Creator's Project: Kabul's Female Graffiti Master.

 

Image: Shamsia Hassani stands in front of her mural at 4900 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Francine Orr/LA Times.

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