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Join us for Writer-in-Residence Wally Rudolph’s second of three public conversations at the Annenberg Community Beach House. In Creating Art in Times of Strife, Rudolph presents a series of one-on-one conversations with socially conscious artists across disciplines, discussing how the current state of socio-political polarization and environmental crisis affect and inform each artist's respective process and practice.

Neha Choksi works in multiple media, across disciplines and at times collaboratively and in unconventional settings to explore how we seek, experience and acknowledge losses and transformations in material, temporal and psychological terms. Increasingly her work includes her own intellectual, cultural and social contexts. She works by setting up simple situations and memorable interventions in the lives of everything—from a stone to a plant, from animal to self, from friends to institutions—disrupting logic to open a space for poetry, absurdity, humor, surprise and existential insight.


Neha Choksi (b. 1973, USA) works in Inglewood, California and in Bombay, India. Choksi received her BA in art and Greek from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1997, and MA in classics from Columbia University, in 2000. Several recent and new commissions include work for the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach (2020); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2018); Made in L.A., Hammer Museum (2018); the Dhaka Art Summit (2018); Manchester Art Gallery (2017); the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016), and the Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (2015). Her work has also been exhibited or performed at the Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2017), Frieze London (most recently 2017), Project 88 (most recently 2016), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014), Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California (2013), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013), John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK (3-person, 2012), Asia Pacific Triennial 7, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2012), Shanghai Biennale (2012), Wanås Foundation and Kristianstads Konsthall, Sweden (2012), and the Venice Architecture Biennale (2006), among others. She was awarded the India Today Best New Media Artist of the Year Award (2017) and the designation of Cultural Trailblazer by the City of Los Angeles DCA (2017/2018). A monograph on her 2017 solo exhibition at LAMOA, Dismantling, was published earlier this year. She serves on the editorial board of the Los Angeles-based arts journal, X-TRA. See www.nehachoksi.com for more information.

Born in Canada to Chinese-Jamaican immigrant parents and raised in Texas, Wally Rudolph has lived throughout North America but now calls Los Angeles home. He is a multidisciplinary artist and diversity advocate. His debut novel, Four Corners (Counterpoint/Soft Skull) published in 2014, garnered praise for its unflinching prose and drew comparisons to Daniel Woodrell, Denis Johnson, and Barry Hannah among others. His second novel, MIGHTY, MIGHTY (Counterpoint/Soft Skull), was published to critical praise in fall 2015.

During his tenure as Beach House Spring 2018 Writer-in-Residence, Rudolph is working on a new novel, entitled The Ox, The Horse, & The Boar. A bold and unconventional account of our country’s fatal covenants with systemic racism, unchecked capitalism, and the destruction of our environment, the novel is the first in a planned trilogy. Rudolph is onsite working from an office in the Marion Davies Guest House, January 16 through March 20, 2019.

Office Hours at the Beach House: 11am-2pm: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/03, 2/15, 2/22, 3/03, 3/15.

Public Conversations at the Beach House: 6:30-8pm, 1/29 with Christine Yoo; 2/12 with Neha Choksi and 3/26 with TBD.

Poets & Writers Literary Roundtable guest appearance: 10:30am-12:30pm, 2/20 (offsite at the Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica)

From mid-January 2019 you can follow his progress on the Beach House Artist-in-Residence blog at beachhouseair.blogspot.com.

Camera Obscura Art Lab and Beach=Culture programs are made possible by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs. smgov.net/arts #ArtSaMo


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Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

Parking: The parking rate is Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

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