Sunday, July 6, 2014





We don’t generalize about a 470 square mile city with 130 zip codes. Los Angeles is a world in and of itself. A situation this diverse is comprised of contradiction so we don’t seek to simplify. We extend an invitation.

Greet your neighbor. Share a meal. Start a conversation. Do what you can. For the past five years, Big City Forum has been committed to actions such as these–initiating collective conversations, open to anyone who appreciates getting in a room together.


Human interaction is on the brink of extinction! Big City Forum advocates direct engagement, appearing in person, speaking truth, taking risks–no matter how large or small. Past, present, future. It’s the doing that matters.


“A tree–the slow explosion of a seed.”
—Bruno Munari

Genuine gestures are apparent, they resonate, word gets out, they gain momentum, movements take hold. But the initial motion has to happen. Our devotion is to the seed, the spark and to the risk.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Big City Forum: Creative Action #3




 
Cesar Garcia – Director and Chief Curator, The Mistake Room
Glenn Kaino – contemporary artist
Kris Kuramitsu – Deputy Director and Senior Curator, The Mistake Room

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

7 – 8:30 pm
The Auditorium, Otis Main Campus


In conjunction with Otis’ Creative Action program, Big City Forum presents a series of four discussions featuring individuals who reinvent social space and redefine how we engage with each other. 


The third panel scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd highlights the story behind The Mistake Room, LA’s new independent non-profit cultural institution devoted to an international program of contemporary art and thought. Founder, lead curator, and artist will discuss their collaborative process and the motivations behind developing this experimental site for creative engagement

Cesar Garcia is the Founding Director and Chief Curator of The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA. A curator, writer and educator, Garcia formerly served as the Associate Director and Senior Curator of LA> Made in L.A. 2012--the first Los Angeles Biennial organized by the Hammer Museum and LA>

Glenn Kaino (b. 1972, Los Angeles) received his BFA from the University of California, Irvine, in 1993 and his MFA from the University of California, San Diego, in 1996. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including “Glenn Kaino:19.83,” at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.

Kris Kuramitsu is the Deputy Director and Senior Curator of The Mistake Room, Los Angeles and the Associate Director for Artis in Los Angeles. She has served as the Director of Special Projects at LA>Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival at venues across Los Angeles County and Made in LA at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. 


BCF asks artists, writers, architects, designers, musicians, and curators to reflect on how they currently live, what they've learned through experience, and what they'd like to pass along to others. Through dialog we seek to identify the connections that run through our creative processes and daily lives. We intend to tell the story of Los Angeles through the words and work of its most inventive participants.

Glenn Kaino (b. 1972) lives and works in Los Angeles. His upcoming and recent solo exhibitions include Glenn Kaino, Kavi Gupta Chicago | Berlin (2014); Tank, Prospect3, New Orleans, (2014); Tank, Grand Arts, Kansas City, (2015); Bring Me The Hands of Piri Reis, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles (2012); In Every Grain, U.S. Pavilion, 13th International Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt (2012-); The Space Between, A.Bandit, The Kitchen, New York (2011); Glenn Kaino: Safe | Vanish, LA>

Glenn Kaino (b. 1972) lives and works in Los Angeles. His upcoming and recent solo exhibitions include Glenn Kaino, Kavi Gupta Chicago | Berlin (2014); Tank, Prospect3, New Orleans, (2014); Tank, Grand Arts, Kansas City, (2015); Bring Me The Hands of Piri Reis, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles (2012); In Every Grain, U.S. Pavilion, 13th International Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt (2012-); The Space Between, A.Bandit, The Kitchen, New York (2011); Glenn Kaino: Safe | Vanish, LA>


Kris Kuramitsu is the Deputy Director and Senior Curator of The Mistake Room, Los Angeles and the Associate Director for Artis in Los Angeles. She has served as the Director of Special Projects at LA>Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival
at venues across Los Angeles County and Made in LA at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park; Programs Director for Creative Link for the Arts, New York; the Curator for the Collections of Eileen and Peter Norton, and for the Collection of Eileen Harris Norton; and as the Arts Programs Director for the Peter Norton Family Foundation. In addition, she has consulted for non-profit arts organizations and foundations such as United States Artists and the California Community Foundation. As an independent curator, she organized the exhibitions Home Away at the Armory Center for the Arts; John Outterbridge: Rag Factory at LA>Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles; the ARCO Madrid Art Fair; Invisible Cities at Instituto Cervantes, Madrid; and Et in Arcadio Ego at Estacion Tijuana, among others. Currently, Kuramitsu is organizing an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Mike Kanemitsu that will open at The Mistake Room in September 2014. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Pomona College and an M.A. in Art History from UCLA.