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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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Made in LA features faculty, alumni

Hammer Museum exhibition

The Hammer Museum's biennial Made in LA, through Sept 7, features work by alumni Tony Greene '85, Kim Fisher MFA '98, Juan Capistran '99, and Mike Frimkess MFA '57. The curators selected 35 artists, with an emphasis on those who are emerging and under recognized. The exhibition debuts recent work and new painting, installation, video, sculpture, photography, and performances created specifically for the exhibition.

One of the under recognized artists in the exhibition is alumnus Tony Greene (‘85), who died of AIDS in 1990. His paintings have not been exhibited or recognized since 1995. One room at the Hammer contains the exhibition Amid Voluptuous Calm, which excavates Greene’s oeuvre, placing it in dialogue with other queer artists in Los Angeles whose work similarly tackles issues of desire, mortality, and trauma. Among those artists is faculty member Judie Bamber.  This “show-within-a-show” hints at the numerous ways visual art, poetry, activism, performance, and S&M converge, and how notions of queerness inform artistic production.

Alumnus Michael Frimkess (’57) and his wife Magdalena Suarez Frimkess have been making ceramic work since Michael graduated from Otis, continuing the tradition that Peter Voulkos began in the 1950s. They collaborate on work that comments on contemporary life with imagery from comic books, scenes from South American villages, and Picasso masterpieces. YouTube Video

Also included in Made in LA are site-specific pieces by Juan Capistran ’99 and Kim Fisher MFA ’98.

Faculty member Lauren Mackler shows work from her enterprise Public Fiction, characterized by the LA TImes as "a social hub and a destination for creative experimentation for dozens of emerging and well-known artists."

"It's something you see internationally," curator Connie Butler says. "But we felt that right here, right now, there's a certain vitality around these groups in L.A." Mackler chooses a topic for each show, then invites artists to create work — visual artworks, lectures, performances, screenings, musical acts, fiction, anything goes — around that idea. Each exhibition's three-month run culminates in a printed journal Mackler creates, featuring new works inspired by the show.

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