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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Mattel Partners with Otis College of Art and Design to Celebrate Barbie’s New Home at Santa Monica Place

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos 310-665-6857 jaxtell@otis.edu

Barbie’s Housewarming Party: a Special Exhibition by Otis College of Art and Design in Santa Monica
Otis Mattel Barbie

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 06, 2014

Otis College of Art and Design and Mattel have partnered to present a unique creative collaboration between students from five different creative disciplines to celebrate Malibu, CA's most fashionable resident, Barbie®, as she renovates her new home. The show entitled Barbie’s Housewarming Party, hosted by Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, CA, will feature work created by Otis students and will be on view January 18-20, 2014 (walk-thru), January 22-29, 2014 (window display) in a retail space adjacent to Nordstrom on level two of the shopping center.

As a 2011 Creative Vision Award recipient, Santa Monica Place has a long-standing relationship with Otis. “Fashion is a major element of the experience at Santa Monica Place,” shares Julia Ladd, AVP, Property Management, “and the Barbie Housewarming exhibit invites our community to experience the creative interpretation of both art and fashion in the work of Otis students.”

“Barbie made major renovations to her Malibu Dreamhouse and invited Otis students to use her home and life as inspiration,” said Peter Helenek, Vice President of Girls Global Packaging at Mattel. “Barbie is also a big supporter of young emerging talent, so it’s been a fun and exciting partnership.”

Barbie’s Housewarming will feature work by students from across the College including:

  • Fabulous swimsuits and cover-ups (Fashion Design);
  • Chic interior accents and furnishings (Product Design);
  • One-of-a-kind paintings (Fine Arts);
  • Impressive guest house with pool, dance floor, and indoor/outdoor entertainment center (Toy Design); and
  • Short films about Barbie’s influence and impact on art and design (Liberal Arts and Sciences)

“Otis students have collaborated with some of the most well-known designers and artists,” said Rosemary Brantley, Chair of Otis’ Fashion Design Program, “Barbie was the perfect mentor. She’s sophisticated, a world-traveler, and the ultimate fashionista.” Rod Beattie, America's premier swimsuit designer also lent his expertise to the project.

Natasha Carovska, a first-year student at Otis studying Liberal Arts and Sciences, examined Barbie’s cultural impact and commented on deeper lessons learned. “With Barbie, we find that she is teaching the young girls of the future to grow up and follow their dreams. Barbie was really a breakthrough. An African American Barbie Doll emerged in 1968 when the civil rights movement was happening. In 1965 she was an astronaut, the same year the U.S. was pushing space exploration, and in 2000 Barbie was a presidential candidate. Barbie has had every single career under her pink belt as if to say, ‘Hey, yeah. I'm a girl. I can do anything…and in heels, too!’”

For more information visit http://www.otis.edu/barbie.
Visit Barbie on Facebook (Facebook.com/Barbie) or http://www.BarbieMedia.com.

Exhibition Location
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Blvd., Level 2 near Nordstrom
Santa Monica, CA 90401

ABOUT MATTEL
Mattel, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends®, Fisher-Price® brands, including, Little People®, Power Wheels®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the sixth year in a row. Mattel also is ranked among Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are creating the future of play. Visit us at http://www.mattel.com, http://www.facebook.com/mattel or http://www.twitter.com/mattel.
 
ABOUT SANTA MONICA PLACE
Winner of the prestigious VIVA “Best of the Best” Award for excellence in design and development by the International Council of Shopping Centers, Santa Monica Place is located just steps from the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to Third Street Promenade in the heart of Santa Monica. The three-level, open-air Santa Monica Place is home to Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, CB2, Nike, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Burberry Brit, Kate Spade New York, Jonathan Adler, AllSaints Spitalfields, and dozens of other exciting specialty stores and food experiences. For more information visit http://www.santamonicaplace.com or interact with us via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.
Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist