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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.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • 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.

     

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Guy Bennett: 2006-07 Faculty Development Grant Report


Report:

I was awarded a faculty development grant in spring 2007 in order to work on the exhibit Beyond the Iconic: Contemporary Photographs of Paris, which I curated with Béatrice Mousli and which was presented in the Getty Gallery of the Los Angeles Public Library from March 1–June 1, 2008. (The show was reviewed in the Los Angeles Downtown News and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.) The exhibit was one of an on-going series of projects focusing on franco-american literary exchanges and cross-cultural perceptions more generally speaking, the goal in this case being to re-examine the “iconic” status of the French capital, and consider to the degree to which its romanticized image actually reflects its current urban reality. The exhibit was the counterpart of “Los Angeles, un autre regard sur une ville autre,” a colloquium we had organized the preceding year at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris on the issue of the representation and perception of Los Angeles.

Grant moneys were used to pay for travel to and inside Paris, for research materials in the form of books and reviews, and for meals when out working. Curatorial work was done in the photographic collections of the Musée Carnavalet, which graciously provided the photographs for the exhibit. Supplemental research was carried out in the library of the Maison européenne de la photographie, which contained books and catalogs featuring several of the photographers included in the exhibit. In some cases we were able to meet and speak with the photographers themselves, which proved to be invaluable in understanding their working methods and materials, which were referenced in the panel texts and annotations of the exhibit, and discussed at length in the accompanying catalog, Beyond the Iconic: Contemporary Photographs of Paris, 1970–2003 (Los Angeles: Angel City Press, 2008), which I also wrote, designed, and typeset.

I am grateful to have received a grant in order to pursue this project, and thank the Faculty Development Committee for their consideration, and the college itself for supporting faculty projects.

--Guy Bennett
Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Writing

Beyond the Iconic

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