Events
  • 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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Past Artists and Designers

 
Laura Owens and Edgar Bryan, 2012 Fine Arts Distinguished Visiting Artists in Painting

Edgar Bryan

Edgar Bryan

Edgar Bryan, born in Alabama, received a BFA from the School of the Art Inst of Chicago and MFA from UCLA. He has shown his work internationally and in L.A. at Regen Projects. He was an illustrator in the United States Air Force for five years, and his work is influenced by classical portraiture and still-life. In his paintings, he reinterprets these genres with a casual approach, using reoccurring motifs of vinyl records, bicycles, and other details of everyday life.

Laura Owens
Laura Owens

Like Bryan, Owens had a rigorous training in drawing, including copying master works. Her large-scale layered paintings combine thin washes with thick impasto. A recent solo show was at Bonn’s Kunstmsueum, and she has exhibited widely internationally. She shows her work at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, N.Y.

Sohrab Mohebbi, 2012 Distinguished Visiting Curator in Fine Arts

Sohrab Mohebbi

Mohebbi is a writer and curator currently based in L.A. He has curated projects for the Queens Museum of Art; Cabinet, N.Y.;  Center for Curatorial Studies, N.Y.; and Bidoun Projects. He received the 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. His writings have been published in Bidoun Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, as well as e-flux journal, Modern Painters, Universe-in-Universe, and La Vanguarida. Mohebbi was the 2010 curatorial fellow at Queens Museum of Art, and received an MA in curatorial studies from Bard College, and a BFA in photography from Tehran University.

Nader Tehrani and Sharon Johnston, 2011 Donghia Designers in Residence

Nader Tehrani of Office dA and Sharon Johnston of JohnstonMarklee led a week-long master class in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors and presented a public lecture. The Angelo Donghia Foundation supports this program annually. Past designers include Eva Maddox, LTL Architects, Xavier Vendrell, and Shashi Caan.

Nader Tehrani and Sharon Johnston

Helios House, a joint project by Office dA and JohnstonMarklee, is a sustainable gas station in L.A,, with roof solar panels and recycled glass mixed into its concrete floor. Within the site, water, heat, energy, lighting, and material systems are all built to maximize sustainability and energy efficiency.

Ruby Neri and Adam Silverman, 2010-11 Boardman Artists in Residence

Adam Silverman

Adam Silverman, Studio Director of Heath Ceramics, L.A., studied architecture, art and design at RISD. After moving to L.A.,he practiced architecture, started a clothing company, and in 2003 became a professional potter. His ceramics company is Atwater pottery. www.atwaterppttery.com

Ruby Neri

Ruby Neri comes from a long line of traditional figurative sculptors. As founding member of the Mission School, she collaborated with notable San Francisco graffiti artists. In the late 1990s, she moved to Los Angeles, and concentrated on sculpture.

 

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