2018-2019

Oxy Arts builds community through innovative and inclusive arts experiences. Below is a list of programming from the 2018-2019 academic year.

August 16 | 6-8pm

Compass Rose Closing Reception
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join us in commemorating the final day of Compass Rose. This event is made possible by the Arts and Urban Experience Initiative, which is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

To read the additional information presented on the iPads in the gallery visit the Scalar page on NELA stories.
 

May 22 - August 16 | Monday - Friday, 11am-5pm

Compass Rose
Location: Oxy Arts on York

During the Spring semester of 2019, community members from Highland Park shared their histories and personal journeys with students from Occidental College Professor Dr. Jeremiah Axelrod’s course “Countercultural Northeast LA: the Arts of Resistance”. The completed interviews were digitized, archived and will be available online. These interviews are the first in NELA Stories: an ongoing program of community story collection and archiving to be housed at Occidental College. These personal stories are at the heart of Compass Rose, an exhibition by artist and Highland Park resident Debra Scacco.

The link to additional information on the Scalar page presented on the iPads in the gallery can be found here.
 

August 3 | 5-7pm

Bob Baker Closing Reception
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join us for light refreshments as Bob Baker’s Marionette Company closes out their residency and plans their next chapter!
 

August 8 | 11am

Tour of Sanborn Archive
Location: CSUN - Sierra Hall

Join us for a tour of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlas archive housed at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) led by cartographer David Deis. This collection of historic maps was critical in the development of the Oxy Arts exhibition "Compass Rose" by Debra Scacco.
 

July 27 | 4-6pm

3D Shadow Puppets with Eric Kurland
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join Eric Kurland of the 3D Museum for this special workshop focusing on shadow puppets that can be viewed in 3D! Click Here for Registration!
 

July 28 | 4:30-7pm

NELA Stories Neighborhood Walk
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join us for a walk based on locations and sites mentioned in NELA Stories participant interviews featuring project participants and additional guests, organized by Maryam Hosseinzadeh for the NELA Stories exhibition.

The link to additional information on the Scalar page presented on the iPads in the gallery can be found here.
 

July 25 | 7-9pm

Lullabies with Laub
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Explore what connects lullabies to empathy and empathy to puppets with Laub and the Bob Baker Marionettes! In this workshop, we'll talk about these things and write lullabies of our own! Ages 18+  Click Here for Registration!
 

July 18 | 7-8:30pm

Foley Sound Workshop with Jeff Gardner
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Have you ever wondered how sound effects are made on stage and screen? Join foley artist Jeff Gardener to learn the unusual methods of creating sounds from slap to splat! Ages 15+ Click Here for Registration!
 

July 11 | 7-8pm

Ventriloquism with Karl Herlinger
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join Karl Herlinger to learn the basics of a new skill - Ventriloquism! He'll demonstrate his technique and give pointers while you try to do it yourself! Ages 12+ Click Here for Registration!
 

July 10 | 7pm

Documentary Film Screening Resurrected Histories: Voices from the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join us for a screening  of Resurrected Histories to appreciate the rich history of Chicanx art and culture in Highland Park, followed by a discussion and Q&A with key players in the documentary.

The link to additional information on the Scalar page presented on the iPads in the gallery can be found here.
 

June 26 | 7pm

Panel Discussion on NELA Stories and Compass Rose
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join panelists community storyteller Soraya Medina, artist Debra Scacco, former Oxy Arts Coordinator of Community Programs Allegra Padilla and community storyteller Isabel Rojas-Williams to discuss the process and fruition of NELA Stories and the role of an art space in community.

The link to additional information on the Scalar page presented on the iPads in the gallery can be found here.
 

June 25, July 16 | Various Times

Bob Baker Marionette Kids Workshop
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join us after a puppet show, as we build, create, and play at OxyArts! Guided by our puppeteers, this hands-on workshop is for ages 5-10, and requires one accompanying adult per child (please register child only). We'll be exploring different ways to make our own puppets out of accessible supplies, so you can continue to create at home! Click Here for Registration!

Workshops held on the following dates:
June 25, 11am-12pm
July 16, 2-3pm
 

June 22 | 4-5:30pm

What Puppetry Means to Puppeteers 
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join us for this panel discussion exploring the reasons puppeteers do what they do- ranging from emotion to physicality to mechanical engineering. Lead by Eli Presser, and featuring some of our dearest puppeteer friends!
 

June 20 | 7-9pm

2D Puppets for Shadow and Stop Motion with Stephanie James
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join Stephanie James for a brief history of 2D puppetry, followed by a hands-on introduction to building your own 2D Puppets! She will cover techniques to assemble puppets with moving parts, and also demonstrate bringing these pieces to life by using stop motion! Ages 15+ Click Here for Registration!
 

June 15 | 4-5pm

Designing Puppets with Robin Walsh
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Robin has worked with everything from Silk waves and sock puppets for the Oscars to movie monsters and even the great Albrecht Roser and Ray Harryhausen. Her work spans the puppetry fields of television, film and stage. Join her for this introductory workshop focusing on sculpting techniques for puppet pieces! Open to ages 16 and older. Register for the workshop.
 

June 13 | 7-9pm

Puppet Practices with Alex Evans and Joe Selph
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join Alex Evans of the Bob Baker Marionettes, and Joe Selph of Rene's Marionettes, to talk about and understand the manipulation of these beloved stringed puppets! This night will feature demonstrations and performances, followed by discussion of the stringing techniques used to allow puppets to perform specific motions. Register for the event.
 

June 11, July 9, July 30 | 7-8pm

Bob Baker Marionette Adult Workshops
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join us after a puppet show to utilize the maker space at OxyArts and learn basic workshop skills to create puppet parts of your own! Guided by our puppeteers, this workshop is designed to inspire original concepts focusing on movement and building. Open to ages 16 and older. Register for the workshop.

Workshops held on the following dates:
June 11, 7-8pm
July 9, 7-8pm
July 30, 7-8pm
 

June 8 | 4-6pm

Dublab x Bob Baker
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join Dublab as they sift through old Bob Baker Marionette soundtrack inspiration albums and create something new during this two hour workshop! Register for the workshop.
 

June 4-July 30 | Various Times

Bob Baker Marionette's Petite Theater Show
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join us for a FREE puppet show at OxyArts! No reservation required.  First come, first seated. Venue reserves the right to refuse entry once max capacity is reached or once show begins.

Shows will be happening on the following dates throughout the summer:
June 4, 4-5pm
June 11, 6-7pm
June 18, 4-5pm
June 25, 10-11pm
July 2, 4-5pm
July 9, 6-7pm
July 16, 1-2pm
July 23, 4-5pm
July 30, 6-7pm
 

June 4, June 18, July 2, July 23 | 5-6pm

Bob Baker Marionette Teen Workshop
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Join us after a puppet show to utilize the maker space at OxyArts and learn basic workshop skills to create puppet parts of your own! Guided by our puppeteers, this workshop is designed for ages 11-15. One adult per teen recommended (register teens only). Register for the workshop.

Workshops held on the following dates:
June 4, 5-6pm
June 18, 5-6pm
July 2, 5-6pm
July 23, 5-6pm
 

June 1, 2019 | 3-5 p.m.

Open House - Oxy Arts on York
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Oxy Arts would like to invite you to visit our new community art center in Highland Park on the corner of York Boulevard and Armadale Avenue. Come meet the staff, learn about our programming, and find out how you can get involved!
 

May 28, 2019 | 5-7 p.m.

Opening Reception: "Compass Rose"
Location: Oxy Arts on York

During the Spring semester of 2019, community members from Highland Park shared their histories and personal journeys with students from Occidental College Professor Dr. Jeremiah Axelrod’s course “Countercultural Northeast LA: the Arts of Resistance”. The completed interviews were digitized, archived and will be available online. These interviews are the first in NELA Stories: an ongoing program of community story collection and archiving to be housed at Occidental College. These personal stories are at the heart of Compass Rose, an exhibition by artist and Highland Park resident Debra Scacco.
 

May 28, 2019 | 5-7 p.m.

Opening Reception: "Bob's Petite Theater"
Location: Oxy Arts on Yor

Bob's Petite Theater at Oxy Arts is the first public program following the Bob Baker Marionette Theater's announcement of its new home in Highland Park, and its first as a fully active nonprofit organization. The residency will open May 2019 and run through August 2019. The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is dedicated to educating, celebrating, and rejuvenating puppetry and the allied arts.
 

May 24, 2019 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Open House - Oxy Arts on York
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Oxy Arts would like to invite you to visit our new community art center in Highland Park on the corner of York Boulevard and Armadale Avenue. Come meet the staff, learn about our programming, and find out how you can get involved!
 

May 22, 2019

Open House - Oxy Arts on York
Location: Oxy Arts on York

Oxy Arts would like to invite you to visit our new community art center in Highland Park on the corner of York Boulevard and Armadale Avenue. Come meet the staff, learn about our programming, and find out how you can get involved! 
 

May 2, 2019

Opening Reception: "Rustle and Cry"

Rustle and Cry, by Hana S. Kim, is a site-specific video art installation that will be projected onto the facades of the Fowler-Johnson buildings and can be viewed nightly from the courtyard. The installation is conceived in collaboration with Visiting Professor Camilla Taylor's ARTS228 | Book Arts: The Hand Printed Book class and presented in conjunction with a limited edition collaborative art book.

On view through May 19, 2019
 

May 1, 2019

Oxy Arts Collaborate Public Presentation

Collaborate is a FREE series of seven workshops conceived and taught by Occidental College senior students to 6-8th graders in the local community. All workshops will take place at Occidental College. The series culminates in an interactive “exhibition.
 

April 26, 2019

Oxy Arts Initiate! Presentations

“HopeStock”
by Julia Hansen

“Design Exhibition”
by Alma Olavarria Gallegos & Layla Hamedi
 

April 25, 2019

Film Screening | "No Más Bebés" 

No Más Bebésis the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1970s. Alongside an intrepid, 26-year-old Chicana lawyer and armed with hospital records secretly gathered by a whistle- blowing young doctor, the mothers stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice. This year marks the 40th anniversary of their landmark civil rights lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, asserting that a woman’s right to bear a child is protected by the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
 

April 5, 2019

Closing Reception: "The inscrutable speech of objects" & "Soil"

Join artists Candice Lin and Ako Castuera for the closing reception of their solo exhibitions at Weingart Gallery. The closing reception provides a final opportunity to engage with 2018-19 Wanlass Artist in Residence Candice Lin and her solo exhibition The inscrutable speech of objects, and Ako Castuera and her solo exhibition Soil. 
 

April 4, 2019

Art & Activism

The panel Art & Activism examines how, in times of social and political divisiveness, artists can and are using their art practice as a form of political practice, resistance and protest.

This talk considers how art can be a viable tool for advocacy and agency through the work of a panel of artists across disciplines: theater, dance, music, and visual art.

How do socially conscious art practices shift across these disciplines? How can an art practice affect the processes of inequity and injustice in ways that traditional forms of activism do not. What are the shared resources and platforms available to artists and how can these forms of dissidence be transformational tools for change?
 

March 25, 2019

Oxy Arts Performance + Process Series: Emily Mast

Emily Mast’s work pulls from a combination of practices—visual art, theater and dance—and is anchored in the production of multi-compositional projects that employ live performance, sculptural installation, video and performance “souvenirs.” With every project she gathers a micro-community of collaborators that she leads in a collective exploration of a given work’s subject matter.Candice removes sculptures at a bright red heat and places them in containers of combustible materials, resulting in crackled glazes, stunning metallics, and blackened clay.

For the Oxy Arts Performance & Process Series, Emily will be discussing and sharing her most recent piece, Continuous Wave, that transforms unlikely spaces into hubs for layered forms of communication, celebration and connection.
 

March 15, 2019

Talk by Shizu Saldamando, 2019-20 Wanlass Artist in Residence

Learn about her practice within the context of the course she will teach next semester. 

ARTS290 Body Talk: deconstructing representations of the figure in contemporary art 

Using drawing and painting techniques we will analyze and critique "the figure” in both art history and in contemporary media. Utilizing post-colonial discourse, intersectional feminist and gender theory, identity politics and popular studies, the class will read critical essays on the body and apply it to their writings and art work.

Shizu Saldamando was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture and her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. Her drawings, paintings, sculptures, and videos have been exhibited both locally and internationally and experiment with a broad range of surfaces and materials.
 

March 7, 2019

Western Raku Demo with Candice Lin

Join Wanlass Artist in Residence Candice Lin for a “Western” raku demo in Mullin sculpture studio. Candice removes sculptures at a bright red heat and places them in containers of combustible materials, resulting in crackled glazes, stunning metallics, and blackened clay.

 

 

 

Febaury 29, 2019

Oxy Arts Speaker Series: Isabel Rojas Williams & Noni Olabisi in Conversation

Isabel Rojas-Williams, an Art Historian and curator, served as the Mural Conservancy Los Angeles Executive Director from 2011-2016. A native of Chile and resident of Los Angeles since 1973, she became an immediate and passionate fan of the mural movement here. She is a longtime civic activist who served as Mayor Villaraigosa’s liaison to the Latino, the Asian, and the African American Heritage Committees.

Noni Olabisi is the artist responsible for some of the most powerful murals across Los Angeles County. With over 25 years of experience, her works continues to reflect the need for perseverance,  justice and equality to educate and promote transformation. She has received many awards for public art commissions including the California Community Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship to further her career as an artist.
 

February 7, 2019

Oxy Arts Speaker Series: Beatriz Cortez & Candice Lin in Conversation

Beatriz Cortez is a Los Angeles-based artist and scholar. She was born in El Salvador and has lived in the United States since 1989. Her work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities and different versions of modernity, memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures. 
 

January 31, 2019

Opening Reception: Candice Lin & Ako Castuera

Candice Lin's exhibition, "The inscrutable speech of objects" traces the materialist history of colonial goods, such as indigo, opium, sugar, porcelain, and tea. It looks at the entangled connections between these items and the racialized language around their dispersal and value.

Ako Castuera’s exhibition, "Soil", is physically connected to Candice Lin’s by having, at various points during the show, the waste materials of Lin’s exhibition (food leftover from the reception, or plant matter used in the sculptures) recycled and fed to the worms living in Castuera’s ceramic worm composting sculpture.

On view through April 5, 2019
 

November 29, 2018

Opening Reception: “U-R-U: Aren’t You”

U-R-U: Aren’t You, by Keith Skretch is an outdoor video installation conceived in collaboration with the Oxy Department of Theater’s concurrent production of "U-R-U", a world envisioned by playwright Julia Lederer where impeccably lifelike robots have relieved humanity of the need to work. 

On view through December 2, 2018
 

November 26, 2018

Oxy Arts Speaker Series: Betty Avila

Betty Avila is a native of Los Angeles and raised in Cypress Park. She is the Executive Director of Self Help Graphics. Self Help Graphics is dedicated to the production, interpretation and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latinx artists. Betty's work has centered on the intersection of the arts and social justice, with particular focus on community building, public space, and youth empowerment. This event will be a drop-in printmaking workshop with DJs from KOXY.

Learn more about Betty's work.
 

November 15, 2018

Oxy Arts Initiate! Presentations
On view November 15-23, 2018 in the Weingart Gallery

“Ad(dressing) the Self: Consuming Meta-Goods through Fashion”
by Sam Peck-Sanders, Kendrick Shoji, Julian Strauss Biro

"Ad(dressing) the Self; Consuming Meta-Goods through Fashion" is an installation that explores the contemporary relationship between identity and consumption through the cultural significance of fashion advertisement.

(When We) Can’t Run Away
by Danika OdellThomas RobertsonJackie Dall

“(When We) Can’t Run Away,” examines running as a form of political action and our relationships to the physical spaces we inhabit. Whether on the streets of Los Angeles or Bujumbura, the act of running has political implications. 

Ririkana Omoide
by Waruguru Waithira, Tia Fujino Reid

“Ririkana Omoide”, a visual and auditory exhibition contextualizing Blackness transnationally through the experienc es of four female Mau Mau warriors in Kenya and seventeen Black-Japanese mixed-race individuals in Japan. 
 

November 12, 2018

"Tzolk'in" Opening 

Artist Beatriz Cortez unveils and discusses her work "Tzolk'in" located in the center of the quad. Inspired by an ancient 260-day agricultural calendar, Tzolk’in uses a hypocycloid motion to mark time through simultaneous movement that is both linear and cyclical.

Beatriz Cortez is a Los Angeles-based artist and scholar. She was born in El Salvador and has lived in the United States since 1989. Her work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities and different versions of modernity, memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures.

On view through March 25, 2019
 

October 23, 2018

Oxy Arts Performance + Process Series: Carmina Escobar

Carmina Escobar is an experimental vocalist, improviser, sound and intermediary artist from Mexico City. Her practice focuses mainly on sound, the voice, the body and their interrelations with physical, social, present and memory spaces. Her work includes pieces of installation, performance, multimedia, as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary works. 
 

September 24, 2018

Oxy Arts Speaker Series: Fonografia Collective Documentary Photography & Reporting

Fonografia Collective is a collaboration between Ruxandra Guidi and Bear Guerra. Fonografia believes in empathetic and culturally-sensitive documentary storytelling about everyday people around the world. Fonografia finds and crafts compelling stories about human rights, politics, the environment, and social issues and shares them with the general public using radio, photography, the printed word, multimedia, public installations and events. Since 2005, Fonografia has been working together to advance a vision of a more inclusive and diverse approach to nonfiction storytelling, focusing on communities and issues across the U.S. and Latin America that are often underrepresented or misunderstood by the mainstream media.
 

September 13, 2018

South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie - Opening Reception

South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie is a multi-platform storytelling project by Fonografia Collective. Ruxandra Guidi and Bear Guerra have been working at the Bowtie parcel for the past year, talking to people who frequent the site, and learning more about the historic, present day, and potential uses of this unique plot of land next to the LA River. Their research will unfold through a podcast series, three public discussions, and an exhibition of photography at Occidental College.

On view through November 4, 2018