September 12, 2012

Alison Saar: STILL . . .

Otis College of Art and Design
Installation view of Alison Saar: STILL…, 2012. Photo by Chris Warner.

The Ben Maltz Gallery continues to present and document new work by artists in the SoCal region with the solo exhibition STILL . . . by Otis alumna Alison Saar (MFA 1981).

Informed by artistic traditions from the Americas to Africa and beyond, and by her mixed racial upbringing, Saar fuses her paradoxical responses to the black-and-white delineations of political and social forces into a powerful, visual, and kinesthetic tension. She uses the history and associations of her materials, everyday experience, African art and ritual, Greek mythology, and the stark sculptural tradition of German Expressionism to infuse her work with a primal intensity that challenges cultural and historic references and stereotypes. STILL . . . gathers together for the first time four never-exhibited works made during a residency at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle with six new bronze and mixed-media sculptures.

Public Reception: Saturday, September 15, 4–6pm, Free
Meet Alison Saar and enjoy live music by Sunny War

Conversation: Sunday, November 4, 2pm, Free with reservation
Alison Saar in conversation with Sarah Lewis about art, race, and gender.
Reservations: Otis Continuing Education, T 310 665 6850 /

Poetry Reading and closing reception: Saturday, November 17, 2–5pm, Free
Author Harryette Mullen reads her poetry at a closing reception

Parking & Admission: Free.Visitor parking in structure on La Tijera.
Hours: Tue–Sat 10–5pm; Thu 10–7pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, Sept 1
Gallery Tours: T 310 665 6909 to schedule tours for school, museum or other groups

About Otis
Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at




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