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Art in America: Learning from LA/LA: Critical Pedagogy at Pacific Standard Time

“Here, in this troubled time, what concrete action would you take to reach this utopia?” The question confronts viewers at the entrance to “Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico.” Posed by Pinto Mi Raya in the project Justice and Democracy (1995/2016/2017), the query hovers above a golden-hued seating area on a platform. This spatial context codes the question as an incisive provocation: what physical acts are you willing to undertake in order to access possible alternative futures?

KCET: Corn Man, A Mexican-Inspired Animistic Sculpture Arrives in Santa Ana and Los Angeles

Performance art in Latin America was prolific from the 1960s to 80s — at a time of aggressive authoritarianism. As the political climate evolved there in the 1990s, this interdisciplinary art genre advanced with a new generation of artists exploring its possibilities.

KCET: Linking Metropolises, Linguistic and Geographic Connections in Los Angeles and Mexico City

"Los Angeles and Mexico City are both sprawling metropolises that are the center for arts, culture and business but they are linked in more ways than this. For example, there is an ongoing cultural exchange between the two cities, collaboration between universities, and, with migration, an on-going Mexican influence on LA culture.

KCET: Indigenous Mexicans Unpack Their Migratory Experience Using Piñatas

 

"If you stroll through Downtown Los Angeles’ Piñata District, you’ll likely be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of prismatic, papier-mâchéd structures that run the gamut of every Disney princess imaginable to fire-breathing dragons.

Kade Twist on Artmaking, L.A., and Bringing an Indigenous World View to Otis College

Kade L. Twist is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text, and installation environments. Twist's work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism, and American Indian cultural self-determination.

KCET: Latinx Community Activism and Social Art Practices Get A Rare Spotlight in New Exhibit

 

"It’s not often that artworks that emerge out of community activism and social practices get center stage in art galleries, which makes the latest exhibit at Otis College of Art and Design a particularly unique and poignant one.

Opening Reception and Curator Walk-Through: Talking to Action

Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

Opening Reception 3-5pm / Walk-through with curator Bill Kelley, Jr. 3:30pm

Art and Activism in the Americas

The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design will present Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas, an exhibition and publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas curated by Bill Kelley, Jr., with Karen Moss as consulting curator. Talking to Action, on view September 17 through December 10, 2017, is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

Emphasis in Art + Social Practice

Headlines

  • Kelley Mogilka and Mason Williams
    How Two Artists Found Love and Community at Otis College’s L.A. Summer Residency
    February 14
  • 2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy Launch
    ACLU’s Amir Whitaker and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Help Present 2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy
    February 14
  • How Otis College’s Prime Los Angeles Location Impacted Senior Justus Morschauser
    February 13

Public Lecture by Groupo Etcetera from Argentina

Special lecture by Groupo Etcetera from Argentina Galef Building RM 219


Directly following the lecture is Etcetera's FREE 4-day intensive workshop. Guests are invited to attend and encouraged to participate thoroughout the duration of the workshop.

This 4-day intensive, participatory engagement with GRUPO ETCETERA…(Federico Zukerfield and Loreto Garín Guzmán), NO WORK/NO SHOP, will be focused on research and experiment (through “trial and error”) to explore the diverse uses of artistic actions and social imagination strategies to solve common problems.

Headlines

  • Kelley Mogilka and Mason Williams
    How Two Artists Found Love and Community at Otis College’s L.A. Summer Residency
    February 14
  • 2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy Launch
    ACLU’s Amir Whitaker and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Help Present 2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy
    February 14
  • How Otis College’s Prime Los Angeles Location Impacted Senior Justus Morschauser
    February 13