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  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • 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.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Polly Apfelbaum Unveils ‘Rug-Filled Gallery’ in First Institutional Show in Los Angeles at The Ben Maltz Gallery

LOS ANGELES –The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes, on view September 24 – December 4, 2016, the artist’s first solo institutional show in Los Angeles. A public opening reception takes place Saturday, September 24, 4-6pm.

'Grid' Featured in Frieze Magazine's Critic's Guide for Los Angeles

Curator Kate McNamara’s inaugural exhibition at Otis College’s Ben Maltz Gallery references the modernist interest in the grid as a map of time, movement and sound. It also showcases a number of contemporary artists who utilize it as a performative strategy.

Performing the Grid Featured in ARTFORUM

There’s nothing more satisfying than a grid, at least for those daunted by the blank page of unfettered creative freedom. But perhaps the latter is an illusion, and no attempt at creativity exists without constraint.

The sixteen artists in “Performing the Grid,” for instance, take full pleasure in being line-bound.

Performing the Grid Exhibition Featured in Argonaut

From Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary minimalist designs, the grid has been a tool artists use to organize space, time, composition and performance.

But what does it mean to perform on parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines?

The Otis College of Art and Design exhibit “Performing the Grid” explores how various artists — conceptual artist Bruce Nauman for one, choreographer Lucinda Childs for another — have used this compositional tool to inform their creative practices.

Los Angeles Times Features 'Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty'

Somewhere ceramist Ralph Bacerra is smiling, says Jo Lauria, curator of "Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty" at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in L.A.

Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery presents Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

LOS ANGELES, CA – September, 2015 – The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty, the first retrospective to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment.

Investigating Community Based Art Practices in Latin America and Los Angeles

The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is proud to announce Talking to Action, a research project, upcoming symposium, and exhibition as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Phase one of Talking to Action is a two-year collaborative research platform (2014-2016), supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation, that investigates contemporary community-based art practices in various sites in Latin America and Los Angeles.

Tapping the Third Realm exhibition

See a video on Tapping the Third Realm, the current exhibition at the Ben Maltz Gallery, on view through December 8.

Hours Tues-Fri 10-5, Thu 10 -9; Sat-Sun 12-4; Closed Mondays and Nov 27- Dec 1

Otis Ben Maltz Gallery: "Shaolin: Temple of Zen" Opening Night

"Shaolin: Temple of Zen" was a gallery exhibition at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design. On display were photos and videos by Justin Guariglia who spent many years at the Shaolin Temple. His teacher was the monk Shi De Chao, who came for Opening Night. Shown here are presentations by Shi De Chao with introductions by Justin. Included are Kung Fu meditations and calligraphy.

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