Westlake Cinematheque - Talk #1
Join us for a series of virtual talks about film on Saturdays hosted by Art Division fellow Luis Cuevas. The first is on July 10 at 6pm when Dan McCleary will discuss commonalities among Lina Wertmuller’s Love and Anarchy, Bernardo Bertolucci’s, The Conformist, Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca, and Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali. More dates to come!
Date: July 10 2021
Women In The Arts - Karen Carson
Meet artist Karen Carson in conversation with Art Division student Sibel Alpdemir.
Karen Carson was born in Corvallis, OR, received her B.A. in 1966 from the University of Oregon and her M.F.A. from UCLA in 1971. In 1994 she was an artist in residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She began exhibiting in 1969 at the Atheneum Gallery, CalTech, Pasadena and Cirrus Gallery in 1973-1977. She first exhibited at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in 1979 and continues to the present. A 25 Year Survey of her paintings was held at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 1996. Her work has appeared in group exhibitions at the The Art Institute of Chicago; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art; Newport Harbor Art Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Fort Worth Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Fisher Gallery, USC; Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo and Tsukashin Hall, Osaka; Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria and numerous others.
Sibel Alpdemir (Student @Art Division)
Sibel (they/them) is a painter and image-maker based in Los Angeles. They are first-generation American of Filipinx and Turkish descent and were born and raised in the Bay Area. In 2018, they earned their BFA at ArtCenter, where they received the Franklyn Liegel Award for painting, and have since worked with several prominent Los Angeles-based artists including Pae White, Sandeep Mukherjee, and Laura Owens. Sibel creates paintings in which depictions of the body are met by abstract counterparts that coexist in liminal space. Their rigorous yet humorous collapsing of figuration and abstraction recalls the work of Amy Silman and Ellen Birkenblit, while their sensitive use of color recalls the work of Milton Avery. Sibel nurtures their practice through involvement with ArtDivision and NYC Crit Club, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Date: May 18th 2021
Women In The Arts - Keishia Gu
Arts educator and Head of Education at the Getty Museum, Keishia Gu in conversation with Art Division student Celina Villanueva.
Keishia Gu is the Head of Education for the J. Paul Getty Museum. She oversees all activities related to the museum’s educational and outreach programming for K-12, universities and scholar audiences at the Getty Center and Getty Villa. Over the course of her career, she’s worked for notable universities, schools, and nonprofits including UCLA, Georgetown University, KIPP, among other professional posts. Keishia earned an M.Ed. with honors in Education and Social Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Georgetown.
Celina Villanueva is an artist from Carson California. She is a student graduating from Los Angeles Harbor college this year, 2021, with her Studio Arts Degree. Currently she is involved in an after school art program through Art Division called Learn do Teach. Covering the fundamentals of art through creative lessons over
zoom. During her free time she is working on her own various projects as a painter and illustrator.
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
"El Norte" A Discussion with Filmmaker Gregory Nava:
Filmmaker Gregory Nava discusses the making of his classic film El Norte and its ongoing relevance to many of the social and immigration issues of today in 2021.
Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life. It’s a story that happens every day, but until Gregory Nava’s groundbreaking El Norte (The North), the personal travails of immigrants crossing the border to America had never been shown in the movies with such urgent humanism. A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery, El Norte is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival, which critic Roger Ebert called “a Grapes of Wrath for our time.”
Date: Monday, March 29, 2021
Women In The Arts - Irene Tsatsos
We are pleased to announce a series of conversations where you will meet prominent women in the arts—curators, artists, and others—who work in the Los Angeles area.
Interviewed by young adults from Art Division, these conversations will take place once a month on Tuesdays at 6pm over the next year.
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Pinata-based artist Roberto Benavidez in conversation
Piñata-based artist Roberto Benavidez joined us in conversation with Catherine Hess, curator and Head of the Board at Art Division. Benavidez describes himself as a half-breed, South Texan, queer, figurative sculptor specializing in the piñata form whose work plays on themes of race, sexuality, art, sin, humor, ephemerality, and beauty. He talked about his work and artistic practice.
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Commonalities: Prints and Drawings of
Art, Immigration & Resistance
In this lecture, Dr. Álvaro Huerta discusses the contentious topic of immigration through art. This includes photographs (Antonio Turok, Pablo Aguilar) and paintings (Salomón Huerta). In particular, by utilizing the brilliant art of Salomón (his sibling who was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico), Dr. Huerta seeks to humanize immigrants and defend los de abajo / those on the bottom—where he comes from—against Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric and policies.
Thursday/Jueves, October 8th 2020
THE CAMERA LENS AS A COMMUNITY BUILDING PRAXIS
Xelestiál Moreno-Luz is a Los Angeles based artist who uses Photography and Cinematography to uplift and weave solidarity networks that highlight LGBTQIA+ communities of color. Her approach when documenting the sitter and the movement center on collective autonomy, fugitivity, and vulnerability.
Xelestiál Moreno-Luz es un artista de Los Ángeles que utiliza la fotografía y la cinematografía para elevar y tejer redes de solidaridad que resaltan las comunidades de color LGBTQIA +. Su enfoque al documentar a la modelo y el movimiento en su práctica artística se centra en la autonomía colectiva, la fugitividad y la vulnerabilidad.
Thursday/Jueves, August 20th 2020
ART EXHIBITIONS: WHAT WORKS with CATHERINE HESS
Catherine Hess, Museum Curator with a 37-year career between the Getty Museum and Huntington Museum of Art, and Head of the Board at Art Division, will deliver a Zoom lecture on the topic of exhibitions. She will touch on such issues as what makes a show successful or not and why exhibitions are important for artists and community alike. After a brief slide presentation, Catherine will be joined by Alma Ruiz, Senior Fellow at the Center for Business and Management of the Arts, Claremont Graduate University, where she teaches curatorial studies, and former MOCA Senior Curator, Los Angeles, and Nereya Otieno, Communications Coordinator and Programs Assistant at Art + Practice, an exhibition and public program space in the Leimert Park area for a conversation and question and answer period. Please join us!
Thursday, August 27th 2020
Craftivism with Sarah Corbett
Award-winning speaker, professional activist, author and artist, Sarah Corbett lead a talk about Craftivism.
Corbett is the founder of Craftivist Collective, a social enterprise which uses the technique of Craftivism - combining craft and activism - to engage people in social justice issues "in a quiet, non-confrontational manner involving pretty, handcrafted gestures of defiance".
Corbett is the author of A Little Book of Craftivism and How To Be A Craftivist
Date: Wednesday, June 23rd 2019
Mending As Metaphor with Ruth K. Souza
Ruth Katzenstein Souza is the founder of Mending As Metaphor, a mending group where people gather to share stories, mend and alter their textiles and explorerestoration on many levels. There is a growing movement toward repair and remaking of clothing to combat the waste and mindless consumption that is so toxic to our world.
Souza presented a lecture on the 19th of June at the Art Division Library as part of our summer Lecture Series.
Date: Wednesday, June 19th 2019
Ken Fields: Poetry And Memory
A reading with commentary from Fields’s latest poems, Blue Plateau.
“I am interested in several kinds of memory: autobiographical memory, what Proust calls involuntary memory, and poetic memory, memory of poets in my life, lately the ancient Chinese poet Hanshan, who wrote Cold Mountain. Blue Plateau begins with memories of Cold Mountain and improvises back and forth from him.” - Ken Fields
Date: April 12th 2019
Phranc Talk: The All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger and the Art of the Cardboard Cobbler
Join us for a 70 minute multi-media presentation that includes stories, songs, images and live musical performance that celebrates the intersection of DIY punk rock, personal and political history, feminist art, cardboard sculpture with proud butch lesbian swagger.
Date: Saturday, March 23rd 2019
The Shadow Sense
Sound is invisible yet impacts us so deeply.
Please join us for an evening that will shift how you hear the world.
dublab founder Mark “Frosty” McNeill opens our ears to the powerful mysteries of sound.
We will explore the innovative ways in which artists have sought to visualize music and how by pivoting our auditory perspectives we can discover to new sensations.
Date: Saturday, February 23rd 2019
SIGHTLESS & SOUNDLESS:
CHANCE AND SILENCE: THE WORK OF MERCE CUNNINGHAM AND JOHN CAGE
Fabián Cereijido and Jack Taylor lead a discussion on the artistic impact of Merce Cunningham and John Cage, the legendary avant-garde couple whose work in dance and music still reverberates today. In conjunction with the talk, there will be dance performance to music by Cunningham and several Cage pieces will be performed by Taylor and Parches, an artist who works in different media (from painting to music to poetry to social relations to virtual reality).
Date:Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
Meet The Artist - Narsiso Martinez
Meet The Artist - John Nava
Meet The Artist - Bo Daraphant
Art & Brain - Lectures by Katherine Sherwood, Larry Swanson, Leo Christov-Moore
Jean McLaughlin from Penland School of Crafts
Meet the Artist - Roberto Gil De Montes
Meet The Artist - Dario Canul, Cosijoesa Cernas, Itandehui Franco
John Humble, Dan McCleary, AD Print Collective at Craig Krull Gallery
Meet the Artist - Peter Zokosky
Ayotzinapa: Citizen Responses to Unanswered Questions - Lecture by Roman Lujan
Meet the Artist - Ruth Weisberg
Meet the Artist - Pierre Picot
Meet the Artist - Filmmaker, Rodrigo Garcia