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National | “for the sake of dancing in the street” at OXY ARTS Los Angeles

July 20, 2023 | 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

LANDOXY—For the Sake of Dancing_Creator: Gina Clyne | Credit- Gina Clyne Photography Copyright- (c) Gina Clyne 2021

Join ArtTable for a tour of “for the sake of dancing in the street”—a group exhibition celebrating the interconnectedness of feminist and queer resistance in person at OXY ARTS Los Angeles. The exhibition features works by performance collaborative LASTESISMorehshin Allahyari, and Yasmine Nasser Diaz, in conversation with works by poet Ava Ansari and the Geochicas network, and documentation of resistance movements compiled by Caitlin Abadir-Mullally and Raja Bella Hicks. An original print by Entangled Roots Press is featured in the gallery space and available as a takeaway. Yasmine Nasser Diaz will speak about the exhibition. Meldia Yesayan, Director, and Frankie Fleming, Manager of Education and Community Engagement, will explain the unique mission of OXY ARTS as it relates to Occidental College and to the surrounding community. OXY ARTS is situated off-campus in a store-front building in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The exhibition and associated programming were conceived and organized in collaboration with OXY ARTSLAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), and Yasmine Nasser Diaz.

Optional activities after the tour include staying for the gallery’s 6 pm screening of JOYLAND—an Urdu- and Punjabi-language film tackling gender and desire that was shortlisted in the Best International Feature Film category at the 95th Academy Awards, and won the Jury Prize and Queer Palm Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Attendees are also welcome to continue networking while enjoying a “no-host” meal at a nearby restaurant.

Please note there is limited street parking; details are available on the OXY ARTS website here.

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  • Public $20

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Image: LANDOXY-For the Sake of Dancing Installation. Creator: Gina Clyne. Photo Credit: Gina Clyne Photography Copyright (c) Gina Clyne 2021.

Oxy Arts

4757 York Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90042
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Meldia Yesayan. Meldia is the Director of OXY ARTS, the multidisciplinary arts programming initiative at Occidental College. She oversees all aspects of the programming and development of OXY ARTS, including organizing all exhibitions and programs at the OXY ARTS center, facilitating visiting artist residencies such as the Wanlass Artist-in-Residence program, initiating cross-departmental and interdisciplinary collaborations, creating opportunities for student-curated events, and engaging the Occidental community in socially conscious discourse with contemporary arts practices. She is also responsible for developing meaningful and sustained relationships with the Los Angeles area arts communities, including partnerships with local arts agencies, artists and institutions.

Yasmine Nasser Diaz is a visual artist whose work frequently occupies the domestic sphere to explore the boundaries of cultural identity. Staging familial memories in nostalgic recreations of home, her work nods to both tradition and technological change and is often deftly punctured by powerful feminist and social critique. Using a variety of media from collage and fiber etching to video and immersive installation, she mines personal archives to probe the nuances of third-culture identity, often drawing upon the frictions experienced between the individual and the collective.

Yasmine’s work was recently featured at the Getty Center and is included in the collections of LACMA, UCLA, and the Arab American National Museum. She is the recipient of the Harpo Visual Artists Grant, the California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship, and the University of Michigan Efroymson Visiting Artist Residency in Ann Arbor, MI. Yasmine lives and works in Los Angeles.

Frankie Fleming oversees education and community programming at OXY ARTS. She works with students, community partners, and faculty on collaborations with the surrounding community, including running the Community Studio K-12 after school art program, organizing workshops, field trips and community events. Before joining OXY ARTS in 2019, Frankie was the Director of Education at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock and a Teaching Artist at Southern Exposure. She brings her experience in art education to OXY ARTS’ LAUSD after school art program and internship program, which launched in 2021.

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