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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.

Los Angeles Magazine: 50 Museums Are Opening Their Doors for Free

Reprinted from Los Angeles Magazine August 23, 2017

"Starting in September, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is bringing together art institutions from across Southern California for a large-scale project that explores Latin-American and Latino art. Local museums and cultural centers will host a thematically-linked series of art exhibitions and public events—including performances, lectures, discussions, workshops, and family activities—that run through January 2018.

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.

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.


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Upcoming Exhibitions


  • Otis College Annual Exhibition
    Otis College’s 38th Annual Exhibition Goes Online to Showcase Work of Graduating Students
    May 8
  • Otis College MFA Fine Arts Thesis Shows
    Otis College Launches Virtual Gallery of MFA Fine Arts Thesis Shows
    May 1
  • 3D printed shoes by Ross Lovegrove for United Nude
    A Step Beyond: Contemporary Footwear, Functional to Fanciful opens February 8 at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College 
    February 7