Events
  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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2016 Joie
2016 Jenni Kayne, Founder and Designer of Jenni Kayne
2016 Rosemary Brantley, Founding Chair of Fashion Design
2015 Carlos Alberini, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Lucky Brand
2015 Gary Schoenfeld, President and CEO of PacSun 
2015 Trina Turk, Founder/Fashion Designer of Trina Turk
2014 Michael Egeck, President and CEO of Eddie Bauer
2014 Leon Max, Designer and founder of Max Studio
2014 Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Fashion Designers
2013 Kirk Nix – KNA

2013 Sally Perrin, Perrin Paris
2013 Otis Sustainability Alliance: Eddie Bauer, Disney, Nike, Patagonia, Quiksilver, and Todd Oldham
2012 Christopher Wicks -- English Laundry
2012 Rosemary Brantley and Elaine Goldsmith
2011 Bob Mackie
2011 Santa Monica Place
2010 Bijan Pakzad – The House of Bijan
2010 Tyrus Wong (’32) Alumnus, Artist, Illustrator
2009 Bob Hurley – Hurley International
2009 Sally Frame Kasaks – Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.
2008 DreamWorks Animation – Ann Globe
2008 Warner Bros. – Brad Globe
2007 Macy’s – Paul Fitzpatrick and Jacque Hall
2006 Joseph Abboud
2006 Cirque du Soleil
2006 Roxy
2005 NIKE – Mindy Grossman and Peter Kolsky
2004 Lunada Bay Corp. – Susan Crank
2004 Warnaco Swimwear Group – Roger Williams
2003 The Walt Disney Company – Tim Kilpin
2002 Mattel – Matt Bousquette
2002 Ocean Pacific Corporation – Richard Baker
2002 Primedia – Linda Platzner
2001 Anne Cole
2001 Robert Graham
2001 Dennis Hopper
2000 4Kids Entertainment – Al Kahn
2000 BCBGMAXAZRIA – Max Azria
1999 Petco – Brian K. Devine
1999 Quiksilver – Bob McKnight
1998 Warner Bros. – Dan Romanelli
1998 Todd Oldham
1997 Bloomingdale’s – Michael Gould
1997 Nolan Miller
1996 Mattel/Barbie – Diana Troup
1996 Richard Tyler and Lisa Trafficante
1995 Nordstrom
1994 Rampage – Larry Hansel
1994 Cross Colors – Carl Jones and T.J. Walker
1994 Mossimo – Mossimo Giannuli
1993 Anne Cole
1992 Fred Hayman
1991 NIKE
1990 GUESS? – Georges Marciano
1989 Elois Jenssen
1988 Bob Mackie
1987 James Galanos
1986 Jean Louis
1985 Helen Rose

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