September – October Update

Annan, 1976, O/C, 30" round

Annan, 1976, O/C, 30" round


An exhibition spanning two galleries and college campuses exploring the spiritual, metaphysical and alchemical in contemporary art. The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS) and the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) are pleased to present an exhibition of contemporary art entitled Tapping the Third Realm on view September 22 through December 8, 2013. Opening reception takes place on the fall equinox, Sunday, September 22, 3pm-6pm (3pm-5pm OTIS; 4pm-6pm LMU) followed by three months of related exhibition programming. A large group exhibition, Tapping the Third Realm presents the work of thirty-four artists who deal with ideas of spirituality through four main avenues: conjuring, communication, collaboration and chance. It explores how artists tap into another dimension, whether it be a place of spirits, ideas of heaven, or the collective unconscious. Elements of magic, witchcraft, and profound attention or intuition are evident in the artists’ creative processes. In this collection of work there are portals to the spirit world, communications with the dead, spells manifested in glass, prayers as drawings, potions as paintings, and dreams transformed into sculpture. This exhibition is curated by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design and Carolyn Peter, Director and Curator, Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University.


Tapping the Third Realm spans two neighboring galleries in Westchester — Ben Maltz Gallery at OTIS and Laband Art Gallery at LMU. The artwork is different at each location. Ben Maltz Gallery Otis College of Art and Design> 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Hours: Tue–Fri 10–5; Thu 10–9; Sat–Sun 12–4 Closed Mon, Nov 27–Dec 1 Free Admission & Parking Contact: 310.665.6905 Laband Art Gallery Loyola Marymount University College of Communication and Fine Arts 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Hours: Wed–Sun 12–4 Closed Mon–Tue, Nov 27–Dec 1 Free Admission & Parking on Weekends Contact:310.338.2880,




Gilah is presently in Guizhou, China where she was invited to present her paper, Ominous to Numinous: Cultural Contradictions and Indigenous Truths: Ritual, Induction, Intentionality, Placebo, and Image in Global Healing, at the 11th Conference of International Society for Shamanistic Research (ISSR). Organized by Guizhou Institute for Advanced Study in Anthropology and Ethnology (GIASAE) at Guizhou Normal College, supported by the International Culture Exchange Center (CICE) and co-sponsored by Guizhou Normal College and Guizhou International Culture Exchange Center (GICEC), the theme of the conference is Traditional Rituals and Spiritual Harmony in the Changing Globalized World.


Belief systems vary widely and are both necessary and problematic.  This paper will focus on various ancient cultures such as Nunavut, Kenya, Buryatia and Tibet, as well as more recent cultures such as Hungary, Germany, United States, Brasil, Goethenaum (Switzerland) and Damanhur (Italy). Belief systems will be examined that result in practices that may be diametrically opposed from culture to culture that can lead toward the same healing results, as well as practices that are essentially common in diverse cultures that also lead to healing. However the destruction of indigenous culture and traditional belief systems most often leads to dysfunctionality and death. Ritual, induction, intentionality, placebo and visualization will be shown to be common among all forms of healing. While ancient cultures succumb to the ravages of globalization, contemporary state-of-the-art medicine in the United States, for example, will be shown as having adopted the essentials of shamanic arts with great success. The hope is that as cultures inevitably lose their identities, best practices can be imbued in the individual universally and in this way, move toward global health and spiritual harmony.

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