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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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Cake and Eat It

Nov 8, 2013
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Cake and Eat It
 
Graduate Public Practice

Kate Kershenstein + Addie Tinnell = Cake and Eat It

Cake and Eat it

 
Cake and Eat It creates works that deal with the underbelly of gift economy, fashion, anarchism, queer identities and radical unionism. Cake and Eat It has given away copious amounts of free clothes, thrown fashion shows in dingy dinge-holes, hosted anarchist variety shows and salons (yum yum), given away cursed gifts, staged riotous fashion marches, styled defendants for court, run a year-long free boutique and orchestrated an experimental opera tribute to Jean Genet. Their most recent work, Femme Strike, is an investigation into the cultural scripts that pervade radical political forms- the manifesto, the union hall, the picket, the strike. The project questions the utilitarian veneer of politics, instead seeking to elaborate femme methodologies and aesthetics to better mediate between affective bonds and bonds of political solidarity. Project iterations have so far included a series of femmed temporary union halls dispersed throughout Los Angeles, Opera Operaismo: A May Day Opera-As-Flying-Picket, and a forthcoming book exploring femme methods for organizing.
 

Kate Kershenstein

Kate Kershenstein is a Los Angeles based artist who has worked with painting, rituals, commercial design, fashion, street marches, theory, set design and massive piles of stuff to create work about gifting, femme as a methodology and egalitizing everything. She is a co-founder of the Cake and Eat It Collective. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art, and was a recipient of an undergraduate research grant for her painting; her studies there emphasized feminist and contemporary art. Kate has worked as a late-night convenience store clerk, a projectionist, a secretary, a gallery sales associate, a pizza chef, a soda fountain jerk, a museum education programs assistant, and as a department store cashier, while in the meantime gifting out thousands of items of clothes, going to meetings, making the stew for Food Not Bombs, and trying to make art about the potential for a post-hierarchy society. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and completed her Otis Public Practice M.F.A. in 2012.
 

Addie Tinnell

Addie Tinnell is an artist and organizer living and working in Los Angeles. She is a co-founder of Cake and Eat It and FTP Party and Gifts. She has a MFA in Public Practice from Otis and a BA in Anthropology and has studied gift economy, the history of queer anarchism and normativity in men’s fashion. Her work explores the themes of politics and aestheticization, femme and trans visibility, police brutality and the social construction of autonomous spaces. She has helped to organize demos, actions, community spaces, lending libraries, free schools and numerous benefit shows as well as the 2010 Bash Back Convergence and the LA Anarchist Bookfair. She was born in Conifer, Colorado.
 

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