The Southland Institute (for critical, durational, and typographic post-studio practices) is dedicated to exploring, identifying, and implementing meaningful, affordable, sustainable alternatives to higher education in art and design in the United States.
It is an unaccredited postgraduate workshop and evolving public online repository of educational resources, built around a central curricular helix consisting of the tools, processes, histories, and discourses of typography and critical art-making. It is also a forum for inquiry into the processes, potentials, and complications of higher education and its attendant structures and systems.
The Southland Institute is located in Los Angeles, CA
This list originally shared by Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia at Otis College of Art and Design
Take care of self, family, pets. Life comes first.
Take tools and supplies from school you need to make your work at home.
Schools might be closed down.
Set up a little corner, table, desk where you can work at home/hotel.
Prioritize work that is manageable in your temporary setup. I suggest the following hierarchy of ease:
1. Work digitally, all you need is your device for now, print later.
2. Work with dry materials (pencils, pastels) that need minimum cleanup
3. Work with water-based materials that don't off-gas toxic fumes
4. Work outdoors if you must use off-gassing materials
5. Projects that need special equipment or cumbersome/risky home setups can wait.
Adapt your projects to use common everyday household tools and supplies.
Telecommunication is great, use it but also take this opportunity to develop self-discipline and dedication to manage your own time and projects.
What function does the open studio event hold in 21st century art education?
Back-to-back area open studios events these next two days.
UCLA Graduate Open Studios
Wednesday, December 11, 7-10pm
3600 Hayden Drive Culver City, CA
Art Center Grad Art Open Studios
Thursday, December 12, 6-10pm
950 S. Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA
Discussions in Exhibitions
Saturday, October 19, 1pm
Hammer Museum (lobby gallery)
What does it mean to be a guest in another's remembrances of domestic space constituting an aesthetically charged life? This Saturday, Discussions in Exhibitions enters belonging, which draws from the writings of bell hooks in her collection of essays, "Belonging: A Culture of Place" (2009), organized by Erin Christovale, associate curator, with Vanessa Arizmendi, curatorial assistant.
"belonging", bell hooks, 2009 (pdf)
"An Aesthetic of Blackness: Strange and Oppositional", bell hooks, 1995 (attached)
Reminder: Underground parking at the Hammer is $7 (cash only).
Discussions in Exhibitions
I Wish to Communicate with You: Corita Kent & Matt Keegan
Saturday, February 23, 3pm
2130 Valley Blvd. Alhambra, CA 91803
Discussions in Exhibitions convenes within I Wish to Communicate with You: Corita Kent & Matt Keegan for a communal consideration of the aesthetic ABC's of communication brought on by this call and response unfolding around the architectural edges of shared space.
From the press release:
Corita Kent (1912–1986) was an educator, nun, activist, and artist working primarily in serigraphy. She produced her International Signal Code Alphabet series during the summer of 1968 in Cape Cod, while on sabbatical from teaching at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. In the same year, Sister Corita would decide to leave the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the religious order she had entered more than three decades before, for a secular life. Based on the International Code of Signals, the system of maritime signal flags used to communicate between ships, Corita overlaid imagery and letterforms from eighteenth-century illustration and antiquarian books atop the twenty-six flag designs— corresponding to A-Z—creating intricate, polychromatic compositions. Incorporating passages from sources such as Leonard Cohen, Winnie the Pooh, and the Book of Revelation, and brimming with homophones and varieties of word play, Corita’s take on the alphabet illustrates the artist’s idiosyncratic relationship to language and her interest in mass communication and popular ideals.
Matt Keegan (b. 1976) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His varied artistic output often explores the possibilities of language as form. Created in response to Corita’s signal code alphabet, Keegan’s Cutouts (c is for Corita) is a series of twenty-six paper cut-outs that playfully tease out the aesthetic dimensions of linguistic signs and systems. Folding and cutting sheets of silkscreened paper into abstract geometric permutations, the works evoke Rorschach-like shapes and interpretations. “As important to me (if not more so) are the shapes and color of the words,” Corita said in 1970. Like Kent’s serigraphs, Keegan’s work also demonstrates an acute understanding of color and the interaction between negative and positive space.
Discussions in Exhibitions
Wang Xu: Garden of Seasons
Saturday, March 9, 12:30pm
Vincent Price Art Museum & Cascades Park
Discussions in Exhibitions opens a discussion on the day the exhibition Wang Xu: Garden of Seasons closes. The contents and levels of negotiation cited here–municipal, sculptural, iconographical, locational and temporal– encourage sifting through the dynamics of a project simultaneously static and non-static, unrealized and re-conceived, negatively in-situ and ostensibly displaced from multiple sites.
This discussion will begin at "Cascades Park" (also known as "Heritage Falls Park") 1.5 miles north of the museum on Atlantic Blvd at 12:30pm followed by the brief commute down the road to reconvene at the museum exhibit around 1pm.
Discussions in Exhibitions has been invested since 2010 in considering ticketless exhibitions, and their limits, through publicly initiated discussions occurring from within. As a sporadic series of unsanctioned gatherings, the aim continues to be providing opportunities for situational dialogue on the choices which compose shows and characterize the work inside them, stimulated by the diverse perspectives of those in attendance. By extension an inquiry into, and representation of, what is public in these spaces becomes tangible in the process.
Discussions in Exhibitions is part of the Southland Institute public events series. Discussion open to all.
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