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Big City Forum: Photographing LA on June 6th

Join us on Wednesday, June 6th at 7pm for the final Big City Forum of this season.

This forum will explore how photographers influence how we view public and social space.  Part of this will explore how photographers engage the urban landscape of Southern California in both objective and metaphorical ways and how these images inscribe the way we look at Los Angeles, from the larger scope of the urban spread to the in-between, marginal spaces. Featuring Peter Holzhauer, Alia Malley, and Monica Nouwens, moderated by Joshua Machat, special projects coordinator, Getty Research Institute.

Peter Holzhauer is a Los Angeles-based photographer and faculty member of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts. After studying at the Pratt Institute, NY and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Holzhauer received his BFA from the Art Institute of Boston and his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Boston Public Library, the Boston Athenaeum, the George Eastman House, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Newark Museum, and have been featured in recent exhibitions at the Night Gallery and the Luckman Gallery, both in LA, and the Fred Torres Collections in New York.   See

Alia Malley was born in La Jolla, CA and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Malley has a BA in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California and an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. Malley’s work has been in many solo and group exhibitions including, most recently, A Cavalier in Sight of a Village and Southland, both at the Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, as well as at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; the Riverside Art Museum, CA; CENTER, Santa Fe; and POST, Los Angeles. Malley is the recipient of many awards including the CENTER Dealer’s Choice Award and the Merck Prize.  See

Monica Nouwens is a Dutch photographer and video artist who came to Los Angeles on an exchange program with California Institute of Arts after completing a postgraduate fellowship in Art Media Studies at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.  Nouwen’s solo show Rubbernecking was exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and her work has also shown at Annie Wharton, Los Angeles, Netherlands Photography Museum Rotterdam, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Stedelijk Museum Helmond, Gallery Paul Andriesse in Amsterdam, and in London’s Trafalgar Square for World Aids Day. Nouwens has done commercial work for Nike, Levi’s and Salvatore Ferragamo and her photographs have been published in magazines including Volume, Surface, Blueprint, Maxim, and Elle.  See

Joshua Machat works on special projects for the Getty Research Institute, including Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 and the upcoming architecture exhibition Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990. From 2005 to 2010 he was a publicist for Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., specializing in titles on architecture, film, and photography. Prior to Rizzoli, Machat was purchaser and web editor for Photo-Eye Books & Prints. He holds a MA in Liberal Arts (Great Books Program) from St. John's College and a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic.

About Big City Forum
Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project founded by Leonardo Bravo that facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that provide access to forward-thinking creative projects.  As an incubator of ideas and a generator for creative capital, it promotes the arts and imagination as powerful tools for community and civic transformation.  In addition it seeks new ways to map and understand what acts of imagination mean to people and places.  By bringing together creative visionaries and community/civic leaders, Big City Forum aims to build a platform for collaboration and partnerships that promote a more active sense of cultural vitality and engagement. 

About the Armory

The Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, California, believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a healthy civic community.  Founded in 1989, the Armory builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through presenting, creating, teaching, and discussing contemporary visual art. The organization’s department of exhibitions mounts over 25 visual arts exhibitions each year at its main facility and in locations throughout the City of Pasadena. In addition, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites.
Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday, noon-5pm.  $5 suggested donation. Armory members, students, and seniors are free. The Armory is easily accessible from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station in Pasadena.  For information about Armory exhibitions and events, the public may call 626.792.5101 x 122 or visit the Armory website at

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