Otis College Of Art And Design

Otis College of Art and Design, Graduate Public Practice and Graduate Fine Arts present author and public intellectual critic Lucy Lippard

To kick off Street Smart, three events on public art, Graduate Public Practice and Graduate Fine Arts present author and public intellectual critic Lucy Lippard, whose interests and writing include tourism, archaeology, anthropology, and small New Mexico towns.

Seating limited, reservations suggested at publicpractice@otis.edu or (310) 846-2610. Free to the public.

Since 1966, Lippard has published 20 books on feminism, art, politics and place and has received numerous awards and accolades from literary critics and art associations. In her lecture, “Farther Afield,”she will speak on landscape, history, place-making and tourism from an interdisciplinary perspective. In the hands of many artists, her writing has inspired research and production on the relationship between visual art, space, activism, research, publics, and the social and political uses of art.

In a long history of key publications in the visual arts, The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society and On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art and Place have particular relevance for public artists. Her most recent book Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782 is yet another relevant departure.

The informal studio setting of the MFA Public Practice program in the The 18th Street Arts Center –formerly home to the historic production of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party – will set the stage for an intimate and informal engagement with Lippard.

Graduate Public Practice Studios, 1657 18th St, Santa Monica CA 90404

Otis College of Art and Design.

MAKE:CRAFT at the Ben Maltz Gallery opens Oct. 2nd

Ben Maltz Gallery

Otis College of Art and Design

October 2 – December 4, 2010

Kim Abeles, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Frau Fiber, Garnet Hertz, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Seth Kinmont, Liza Lou, David Prince, Mark Newport, Alyce Santoro, Shada/Jahn (Steve Shada and Marisa Jahn), Eddo Stern.

Inspired by the cultural currents represented in the popular magazines MAKE and CRAFT published out of Northern California, MAKE:CRAFT includes contemporary artists who combine handmaking and building techniques to create, engineer and hack unique, mostly functional devices, objects, machines and accessories; making either a sociopolitical statement, creating new markets for individual styled products, or creating inventive ways to experience the tactile world, non-virtual, the “real.”

The exhibition is guest curated by Patricia Watts, founder and west coast curator of ecoartspace, who feels that recent trends in the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) movement of making and crafting have empowered contemporary artists and designers to create more socially relevant work that supports sustainable communities.

Go to the Maker blog HERE

Go to MAKE:CRAFT Facebook page HERE

Go to EcoLOGIC LA

ecoartspace fundraising activities 2009-2010

Cannot believe February is here already. Was meaning to make a post a couple weeks ago to provide an update on the ecoartspace SF Benefit fundraiser in December! We would really like to thank Jessica Resmond and Alan So with ME;D1.ATE who produce the biannual Soundwave Festival in San Francisco. It was a quick email and meeting back in September that prompted our collaborative effort to do a silent auction and performance event to help us both raise money for upcoming programs. This year’s Soundwave Festival has a green sound theme for 2010, so it made sense that we would partner. With only two months lead time to pull it together, we succeeded in bringing in over 60 donations of artworks and ephemera, located an awesome gallery space at Mina Dresden Gallery, attracted approximately 100 attendees, and rallied donations of foods from Marin French Cheese Company, Bi-Rite Market, Terra Savia, Woodbridge Winery, and Paulding & Company Kitchen. The art was inspiring, musical performances moving, and foods very delicious. We were able to raise enough (although modest) to start the new year off feeling like there is still hope in these tough economic times. And, Amy Lipton, Director of ecoartspace NYC, is now underway with plans for an East Coast fundraiser event this Spring. She will be announcing more information soon as plans start to gel (shooting for April/May).

View benefit pictures on Flickr here.

We still have a few artworks available as well here.

So far this year is promising some exciting shows including The Ins and the Outs an outdoor sculpture exhibition at Rockland Center for the Arts in Nyack, New York opening April 11th; MAKE:CRAFT which opens at the Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery on October 4th. And, an invitation to participate in the Art Boom Festival in Krakow, Poland in June.

More soon on all fronts.

Go to EcoArtSpace

Otis Connects with the San Joaquin Valley

This is an awesome community arts project that connects graduate students in the Social Practice program at Otis College of Art and Design with the rural agricultural area of Laton, California. Initiated by Suzanne Lacy who grew up in the San Joaquin Valley. For more information go to https://wikis.otis.edu/sjv/index.php/Welcome!_Bienvenidos!_Bem-vindo!

The very first Social Practice program “graduate exhibition” open till June 6th at the Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery (includes work by Candida Ayala, Andy Manoushagain, Ofunne Obiamiwe, Jules Rochielle Sievert and Tory Tepp). Installation shot below:

Go to EcoArtSpace