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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Otis College of Art and Design to Mount Exhibition Doin’ It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

Retrospective on the Pioneering Work of Feminist Artists, Art Cooperatives at Los Angeles Woman’s Building to Open October 2011

Exhibition and Catalog Part of The Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980

LOS ANGELES – March 9, 2010 – Otis College of Art and Design, with financial support from The Getty Foundation, is in the final stages of organizing the much-anticipated exhibition, Doin’ It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building, to be held Oct. 1–Dec. 3, 2011 at Ben Maltz Gallery. The gallery show, catalog and supporting public events will document, contextualize and pay tribute to the groundbreaking work of feminist artists and art cooperatives that were centered in and around the Los Angeles Woman’s Building in the 1970s and 1980s. Doin’ It In Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building is part of The Getty Foundation’s larger initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 which, through an unprecedented series of concurrent exhibitions throughout Southern California, highlights the significance of art in Los Angeles in the post-World War II decades. The Getty Foundation awarded Otis College of Art and Design two grants totaling $225,000 for this exhibition and a scholarly catalog on the art and artists of the Woman’s Building circa 1975.

Project directors for the Doin’ It in Public exhibition are Meg Linton, director of Galleries and Exhibitions at Otis College, and artist Sue Maberry, director of Library and Instructional Technology at Otis College. Maberry was also program director at the Woman’s Building from 1979-1988. “The feminist art movement of the 1970s set off an explosion of art making and analysis that still reverberates in the art world today, and the Woman's Building in Los Angeles was one of the major centers of activity,” says Maberry. Founded in 1973 by artist Judy Chicago, graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and art historian Arlene Raven, the Woman’s Building pioneered new models of feminist education, advanced new processes for building community, and posited a feminist art that “raises consciousness, invites dialogue, and transforms culture.” From 1973 to 1991 the Woman’s Building housed and supported the creation of highly original works in performance, graphics, literature, video and visual arts, and presented some of the leading women artists of the time, including muralist Judy Baca, artist Betye Saar, performance artist Suzanne Lacy, comedian and actor Lily Tomlin, and authors Kate Millett and Alice Walker, among others.

A prestigious team of scholars has been assembled to contribute essays to the Doin’ It in Public exhibition catalog and provide curatorial advice. The project scholars are Vivien Fryd, professor of art history, Vanderbilt University; Alexandra Juhasz, professor in media studies, Claremont Graduate University; Jennie Klein, assistant professor of art history, Ohio University; Michelle Moravec, assistant professor of history, Rosemont College; Jennifer Sorkin, curatorial associate, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University. One major component of Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building will be the focus on the importance of collaborative work that was developed, taught and executed at the Woman’s Building. Collaborative groups and art collaborations are difficult to present and are often neglected in exhibition because they can be too complex - an issue the Woman’s Building exhibition will address.

“The artists, artifacts, and art selected for this project reinforce the profound impact the Woman’s Building had on the feminist art movement,” says Linton, “and will create a strong visual and educational experience for the show’s visitors.” According to the organizers, the goal of Doin’ It In Public is to enhance the audience’s experience by enabling each viewer to fully comprehend the significant impact the Woman’s Building had on the Los Angeles art community, and also how it relates to other Pacific Standard Time exhibitions of the same timeframe.

“Otis College is particularly pleased to present this retrospective on the Woman’s Building,” says Otis President Samuel Hoi, “because Otis has a strong connection to so many of the women artists who established this seminal art center in the 1970s.” Suzanne Lacy is the current chair of Graduate Public Practice at Otis College of Art and Design; Sheila Levrant de Bretteville founded the graphic design program at Otis in 1981; Cynthia Marsh served as the Chair of Communication Arts at Otis from 1992 to 1995; artist Betye Saar taught at Otis in the early 1980s, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1992.

See videos and more through the Ben Maltz Gallery site.

 


 

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