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Joanne Greenbaum: Things We Said Today

May 19 - August 12, 2018

Saturday, May 19, 4-6pm, 4:30pm, Artist Walk-through
Opening reception and Artist Walk-through with Joanne Greenbaum and Jamillah James, Curator at Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. 

Things We Said Today follows New York-based artist Joanne Greenbaum’s prodigious mark-making and uncanny color sensibility across media and surface over a ten year period, 2007-2017. Using a language of abstraction that toggles between chaos and order, Greenbaum takes on architecture with a suite of recent, oversized canvases, punctuated by a series of sculptural pen drawings, watercolors, painted ceramics, and artist sketchbooks. In total, the gestures and forms that migrate from one substrate to another speak to an expansive practice that distinguishes little between form, yet conveys everything of the intensity and immediacy of unspoken thoughts amid the chaos of our time.

Joanne Greenbaum (b. 1953) lives and works in New York City. Over the past twenty years she has participated in numerous shows in the U.S. and Europe. Most recently Greenbaum has exhibited her work at Nicolas Krupp, Basel, Switzerland; Greengrassi, London, England; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art; Van Horn Gallery, Dusseldorf; Texas Gallery, Houston; and Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York. A career-spanning survey of her was mounted by Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich and traveled to Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany in 2008 - 09. Her work is in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Joanne Greenbaum: Things We Said Today is organized by Dina Deitsch and the Tufts University Art Galleries at the SMFA, Boston. The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College presentation is coordinated by Kate McNamara.


The Ben Maltz Gallery will be participating in Otis College’s Centennial celebration by dedicating the 2018-2019 exhibition program to exhibitions that engage and support Otis College’s 100 year history with Los Angeles and the rich cultural landscape that this College has invested in and engaged with.

Some of Our Favorite Things
September 8 – December 9, 2018

A group exhibition of beloved art-related objects contributed by invited Otis College community, including artists, curators, writers, collectors and cultural influencers. The diverse works in this exhibition will range from collected works of art to a treasured artistic tool to an impactful book. Each of these objects will be accompanied by a description, offering context to the work and the individual lending it. This exhibition will offer a glimpse into Otis College’s far-reaching network of friends, alumni and art world colleagues.

Influenced, Influencer
January 19 – April21, 2019

An exhibition investigating the artistic influences that made artists artists, Influenced, Influencer pairs a designer or artist’s work with the influential design piece or artwork she was impacted by. Each coupled work will be exhibited side-by-side. This exhibition speaks to a lineage of artists, makers and designers and grounds Otis College’s 100-year history as an influencer today.

The Ties That Bind
May 11 – August 11, 2019

This group exhibition brings together an intergenerational and international group of artists working in textiles. The artists of The Ties That Bind create unique soft structural works that are informed by their relationships to pushing the boundaries of analog and digital through conversations about texture through craft and design. Each work speaks a radically different language of form, and the exhibition aims to put these visual artifacts in dialogue, as a proposal for what the future might look like. Organized by Bruce Ferguson, President, Otis College with Kate McNamara, Director of the Ben Maltz Gallery.



Joanne Greenbaum
Untitled, 2017, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 72 x 70 inches

Joanne Greenbaum
Untitled, 2016, Oil, acrylic, and marker on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

Joanne Greenbaum
Untitled, 2017, Marker on porcelain, 15 x 9 x 8 inches