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  • Mexican artist Yoshua Okón’s videos blur the lines between documentary, reality, and fiction. He collaborates closely with his actors (often amateurs who are also the subjects of the work) to create sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances.
  • Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

  • Gallery 169 will be hosting the Otis College of Art and Design Communication Arts Graphic Design Junior Show, "5328," displaying a selection of work made over the five thousand twenty eight hours that make up the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Work will include collected posters, publications, and typographic projects.
  • Clay, Body is a solo exhibition from artist Sydney Aubert: Unapologetically fat, crass, and sexual, a ceramics artist who also works in video, and whatever other materials arouse her in the moment. Exhibition will be on view from Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28 at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. On view by appointment only, please contact the artist at sydney.aubert@gmail.com Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6pm-9pm Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

  • Audrey Wollen is a feminist theorist and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Wollen uses social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, as platforms for her work on Sad Girl Theory, a theory which posits that internalized female sadness can be used as a radical and political action, separate from masculinized forms of protests such as anger and violence. She introduces this form of protest as an alternative to masculinized anger and violence.
  • Bring family and friends to reconnect with fellow alumni at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10) following Brewery ArtWalk, an open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists.

    Parking is located inside the Brewery campus.  

    Visit www.breweryartwalk.com for directions and other information. 

  • Otis Radio: Our Story`

    May 01| Special Event
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    Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.

     

    This week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm is Our Story. Join DJ Wormlord (Maggie Gilbert), DJ Ace (Grace Kanchana), and DJ Mango (Stacy Li) as we have real talk in real time. Don't miss out!

     

    Listen online at KLMU.

    All shows will be simulcast on 96.1FM in the Otis Commons and archived on otisradio.tumblr.com

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Alumnus Kerry James Marshall's Highly Anticipated 'Mastry' Comes to Los Angeles

The Exhibition's Finale Opens at MOCA on March 12

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry will hit the final stop of its three-city tour at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) on March 12 and will run through July 3, 2017. Mastry is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, (The Met), and MOCA, exhibiting there respectively, and has received critical acclaim from The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times, among others, including the personal admiration of former first lady Michelle Obama

Encompassing nearly 80 works from over 35 years, the exhibition showcases Marshall's large-scale narrative works that capture the African American experience and celebrate the black figure. Bruce W. Ferguson, president of Otis College of Art and Design, met with Marshall ('78 Fine Arts) at the opening of the show at The Met Breuer. "For Otis where it all started. Where I found my people," he signed in an exhibition catalog for the College's collection, which is now on display in the Millard Sheets Library on campus.

As a middle-schooler, Marshall was selected for one of the youth programs at Otis College. It was during one of these classes that he was able to visit the studio of painter Charles White, a personal hero for the artist. “That was for me a life-altering experience,” Marshall told the Los Angeles Times. “I saw for the first time what an artist’s studio was. You could see work just starting and work that was almost completed. I clearly understood that making artwork wasn’t magic. It doesn’t just happen. You have to work at it.”

 "A deeply accomplished artist, who makes ravishing paintings, Marshall’s strategy was three-fold," states the exhibition announcement from MOCA. "First, as a young artist he decided to paint only black figures. He was unequivocal in his pursuit of black beauty. His figures are an unapologetic ebony black, and they occupy the paintings with a sense of authority and belonging. Second, Marshall worked to make a wide variety of images populated with black people. This led him to make exquisite portraits, lush landscape paintings, everyday domestic interiors, and paintings that depict historical events, all featuring black subjects as if their activities were completely and utterly normal. Third, Marshall concentrated on painterly mastery as a fundamental strategy. By mastering the art of representational and figurative painting, during a period when neither was in vogue, Marshall produced a body of work that bestows beauty and dignity where it had long been denied."

MOCA is hosting several events in conjunction with the exhibition, including Artists on Artists: Lari Pittman on Kerry James Marshall on Thursday, March 23 at MOCA Grand Avenue and Kerry James Marshall and Helen Molesworth in Conversation on Thursday, March 30 at the Colburn School. For more information and a full list of programming, visit www.moca.org/exhibition/kerry-james-marshall-mastry.

Accompanying video for Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, April 23–September 25, 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Image: Kerry James Marshall, Past Times, 1997, acrylic and collage on canvas, 114 x 156 in., Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, McCormick Place Art Collection, photo by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

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