MexiCali Biennial, an exhibit of selected works from both California and Mexico, will be presented at the Ben Maltz Gallery of Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester beginning Saturday, January 23rd and continuing through March 20th.

The exhibit will open with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. January 23rd at the gallery, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester. A panel discussion will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 30th, featuring curators and artists from the exhibition who will discuss the concept of the biennial and the art and artists that are involved.

MexiCali Biennial highlights work of artists from California and Mexico selected by Biennial curators and artists Ed Gomez, Luis G. Hernandez, and Amy Pederson.

Working in photography, painting, sculpture, performance and new media, the artists from both sides of the border focus on issues such as race, nationalism, art and identity in the region, an exhibit spokesperson says. The presentation at the Otis Ben Maltz Gallery is the culmination of a yearlong exploration and discussion about the physical and political realities of crossing culture, language, and boundaries.

The MexiCali Biennial began as an art project between Gomez and Hernandez in April 2006. Gomez and Hernandez are both Los Angeles-based curators and artists. The first MexiCali Biennial took place in Mexicali later that year.

Among the artists whose work will be shown are Skip Arnold, Juan Bastardo, Bordermates, Anibal Catalan, Pablo H. Cobian, Jeff Chabot, Michelle Chong, Fernando Corona, Fidel Hern·ndez, Rebeca Hern·ndez, Homeless, I.C.E., Nicholas Kersulis, Ryan Lamb, Ivan Limas, Albert Lopez and Matt McFarland.

Other artists include Txema Novelo, Susana Rodriguez, Michelle Romero, Ernesto Rosas, Joaquin Segura, Gustavo Siono, Francesco X. Siqueiros, Sergio Torres-Torres, Jason Wallace Triefenbach, and FundaciÛn Wanna Winnie.

The Ben Maltz Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free. Parking is available in a structure on La Tijera Boulevard. For gallery tours, (310) 665-6909.

Gallery information, (310) 665-6905, or www.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery/.

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