Events
  • Mexican artist Yoshua Okón’s videos blur the lines between documentary, reality, and fiction. He collaborates closely with his actors (often amateurs who are also the subjects of the work) to create sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances.
  • Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

  • Gallery 169 will be hosting the Otis College of Art and Design Communication Arts Graphic Design Junior Show, "5328," displaying a selection of work made over the five thousand twenty eight hours that make up the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Work will include collected posters, publications, and typographic projects.
  • Clay, Body is a solo exhibition from artist Sydney Aubert: Unapologetically fat, crass, and sexual, a ceramics artist who also works in video, and whatever other materials arouse her in the moment. Exhibition will be on view from Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28 at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. On view by appointment only, please contact the artist at sydney.aubert@gmail.com Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6pm-9pm Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

  • Audrey Wollen is a feminist theorist and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Wollen uses social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, as platforms for her work on Sad Girl Theory, a theory which posits that internalized female sadness can be used as a radical and political action, separate from masculinized forms of protests such as anger and violence. She introduces this form of protest as an alternative to masculinized anger and violence.
  • Bring family and friends to reconnect with fellow alumni at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10) following Brewery ArtWalk, an open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists.

    Parking is located inside the Brewery campus.  

    Visit www.breweryartwalk.com for directions and other information. 

  • Otis Radio: Our Story`

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    Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.

     

    This week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm is Our Story. Join DJ Wormlord (Maggie Gilbert), DJ Ace (Grace Kanchana), and DJ Mango (Stacy Li) as we have real talk in real time. Don't miss out!

     

    Listen online at KLMU.

    All shows will be simulcast on 96.1FM in the Otis Commons and archived on otisradio.tumblr.com

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Upcoming Exhibitions


May 7 - August 12, 2017  |  Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us
Opening Reception Sunday, May 7, 4-6pm

Two-person exhibition with Los Angeles-based artists Jesse Fleming and Pat O’Neill. Jesse Fleming is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Pat O’Neill’s artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is best known for experimental films that explore the conflicted intersection of nature and human interest. Each artist will present a recent large-scale video installation.

Jesse Fleming   Pat ONeill  
Top: Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Equivalents, 2017; Bottom: Pat O'Neill, No Wonder - Two Skins, 2013


September 16 - December 10, 2017  |  Talking to Action Part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA / LA
Press Release

Talking to Action is an exhibition and bi-lingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in Latin America and Los Angeles. As part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, Ben Maltz Gallery is pleased to be one of the select arts organizations across Southern California to have received the prestigious grant to present groundbreaking exhibitions and programs highlighting different aspects of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with and within Los Angeles.

Talking to Action investigates contemporary community-based social art practices in Latin America and Los Angeles, and will feature a range of practices that blur the lines between object making, political and environmental activism, community organizing, and performance art, through the work of contemporary artists and collectives from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and the U.S. Mirroring the educational imperative found in many of the practices, and Otis’ commitment to teaching and investigating Social Practice, Talking to Action leans on the history of critical pedagogy and dialogically-driven community organizing efforts from Latin America. Those collective pedagogical efforts were greatly influential to generations of artists and activists throughout the hemisphere through the work of Paolo Freire and others.

The social practice artists included in Talking to Action address critical issues such as migration and memory, critical spatial mapping, environmental issues, gender rights and legislation, indigenous knowledge, and racial violence. The exhibition will feature a diverse array of projects, such as an exchange of correspondence between Buenos Aires-based artist Eduardo Molinari and Los Angeles artist Sandra de la Loza as they research the archives and history of social activism in their respective cities, the work of the Mexican collective SEFT (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada) which created a playfully futuristic vehicle to explore disused railroads in order to map the history of capital development in their country; and São Paulo-based Frente 3 de Fevereiro, who use cartography, film, and urban intervention to trace the violent lineage of “exporting” militarization and social control of Afro communities within the historic conflicts in Medellín, Colombia, to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and the natural disasters in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Talking to Action will be accompanied by a range of public programs, including screenings, lectures, and artist interventions, as well as incorporation into Otis curriculums at many levels and sites on campus. A comprehensive bilingual publication, including critical essays by key researchers, scholars, and artists that have been involved in the deep research and development of the dialogue between the social practices in each hemisphere during the research phase of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA grant.

Talking to Action Research Phase Blog   |   Pacific Standard Time LA/LA 

Frente 3 de FevereiroBijaRi
Alfadir LunaMolinari

Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Arquitetura da Exclusão, digital photo, 2010; BijaRi, Contando con Nosotros, 2011, Video still; Alfadir Luna, El Señor del Maíz, 2011; Eduardo Molinari

 



January 27 - April 22, 2018  |  Suzan Pitt
A mini-retrospective of the LA-based experimental animator and painter Suzan Pitt. Pitt has taught at Cal Arts for about 15 years and is a bit of a hidden gem in LA.
http://home.earthlink.net/~suzanpitt/

This exhibition is made possible in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Suzan Pitt
Suzan Pitt, Asparagus, 1979, film still.



May 2018  |  Todd Gray

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Todd Gray

Todd Gray, Time Machine No 5, 2016

 

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