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Focus Group
CHARLIE JAMES GALLERY | May 20 – July 8, 2017

Charlie James Gallery is pleased to present Focus Group, a group exhibition curated by Michael Shaw, with works by Dorit Cypis, Sandra de la Loza, Kate Hoffman, Amitis Motevalli, Scott Short, Suzanne Wright, and Samira Yamin.
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The Mediation Handbook: Research, theory, and practice

The Handbook of Mediation gathers leading experts across fields related to peace, justice, human rights, and conflict resolution to explore ways that mediation can be applied to a range of spectrums, including new age settings, relationships, organizations, institutions, communities, environmental conflicts, and intercultural and international conflicts. The text is informed by cogent theory, state-of-the-art research, and best practices to provide the reader with a well-rounded understanding of mediation practice in contemporary times.


Featuring Dorit Cypis' Publication The Space of Conflict: Aesthetic Lessons for Mediators

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The Intersection of Immigration Law and Community Dialogue: Where Information Meets Community Conversation
MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS LOS ANGELES | April 15, 2017

In our current national climate of rapidly changing immigration laws we face historic issues relating to temporary, permanent and refugee migration to the U.S. We will provide information and tools to understand varying perspectives on these difficult issues.
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You may add or subtract from the work:
On the work of Christopher D’Arcangelo and Michael Asher

SCHINDLER HOUSE | March 23, 2017

With documents of works by Michael Asher and Christopher D’Arcangelo (including six films by Dean Inkster and Sébastien Pluot with Stephen Antonakos, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Daniel Buren, Ben Kinmont, Naomi Spector, and Lawrence Weiner), and works by Dorit Cypis, Ben Kinmont, Silvia Kolbowski, Emilie Parendeau.
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FAR 40 Year Anniversary: A FAR Bazaar
CERRITOS COLLEGE ART COLLECTIVE | January 28-29, 2017

Dorit Cypis became Director of FAR in 1979 as the 3 founders left, and with Christina Ritchie rewrote the by-laws to state that all workers of FAR become members of the Board of Directors and that FAR would be turned over to a new Board group every 3 years. This initiated FAR's governance structure that has lasted 40 years.
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Undefeated: Difference, Bias, and Dialogue
THE MAIN MUSEUM | December 10, 2016

We are waking up post-election, some scared, some angry, some moved towards change. For this program, Dorit Cypis will guide participants through activities to help us confront discord together. We are undefeated if we are willing to move beyond fixed positions, explore skills to deeply recognize our differences, assess our bias, ask questions of one another and dialogue towards embodied change.
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S/Election
LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL GALLERY | Oct 20, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017

S/Election addresses issues around citizenship that have been increasingly prominent leading up to the 45th presidential election.
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Artist Faculty and Students Lead a Discussion on Race
LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL GALLERY | June 2016

A group of college faculty, whose work appeared in SKIN at the LA Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) in Barnsdall Park, recently took part in Un-Panel 2: Race Talks. Organized and facilitated by Fine Arts faculty Dorit Cypis and Holly Tempo, the event also included April Bey, Christopher Christion, Camella DaEun Kim, Nery Gabriel Lemus and Daniel Rothman.
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“Tools of Engaging Conflict” Workshop with Dorit Cypis
TRANSART INSTITUTE | June 2016

Many artists today are working in collaborative and partnership situations. Often this engagement brings up difficult cultural and personal differences amongst the parties. Differences that are not understood can become an impasse to working together and result is conflict. How we communicate can have a tremendous impact on relations across conflicting differences. There is nothing wrong with difference, nor with conflict, in fact we need challenges to go beyond what we already know in order to develop creative options. Conflict is human, so is difference. What we often lack are models of how to engage with conflict in generative rather than adversarial ways
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NEYC Hygiene Packs for Homeless People
June 2016

Grace, a core youth of NE Youth Council was voted in as new member of Cypress Park Neighborhood Council. NEYC are local youth bridging community and police by modeling generative social relations through street events - currently distributing Personal Hygiene packs to home-less folks in their neighborhoods. I've been working on developing this program past 2 years.
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Kulture Klub Collaborative – Recording Studio
April 2016

Kulture Klub Collaborative is an independent nonprofit arts organization that brings together artists and youth experiencing homelessness at YouthLink in the Youth Opportunity Center, a crisis drop-in center located in downtown Minneapolis.
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Collaborative Strategic Planning
February 8, 2016

I was at a seminar in Minneapolis 2 weeks ago on Collaborative Strategic Planning.
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Dispute Resolution Techniques for People in Arts & Entertainment
CALIFORNIA LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS | August 10, 2015

Cypis will discuss how the nature of conflict is affected by relationships - who we are to ourselves and who we are to others and how identity beliefs form bias.
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Drawings | Fridges
GREENE EXHIBITIONS | July 13 – July 25, 2015

Group exhibition at Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles
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Correspondence
February 22, 2015

Readings by Morani Kornberg-Weiss and Meital Yaniv. Followed by a discussion lead by Dorit Cypis.
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Creative Tools for Conflict Engagement
February 14, 2015

Conflict is human, so is moving past conflict. Conflict that is between people is also within people. To engage with conflict towards transformation and generative relations we must engage with both the internal and external circumstances of conflict.
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Diversity Inside/Out: The Role of Anxiety in Mediation
November 26, 2014

This is an interactive presentation that recognizes the important role that anxiety and identity play in challenging mediators to “mediate courageously”.
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Understanding Conflict Through Art
November 11, 2014

Cypis is one of three recipients of the SPArt (Social Practice Art) grant. SPArt is a Los Angeles-based initiative that funds artistic projects.
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Days of Dialogue: Police Community Relations in the Aftermath of Michael Brown and Ezell Ford
October 30, November 1 & 5, 2014

On October 30, 2014, 160 people from South LA came together for Days of Dialogue to talk together of their grief and frustration in the wake of recent police killings in their local neighborhoods and nationally.
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The Crisis This Time, Conversations on Israel/Palestine
LEVANTINE CULTURAL CENTER | August 2014

Dorit Cypis is collaborating with the Levantine Cultural Center to provide dialogue facilitators and organize evening dialogues with participating audiences.
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Dorit Cypis appointed 2014 Guggenheim Fellow
JOHN SIMON GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION | April 2014

Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.
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Dorit Cypis Joins AAMS Mediation Panel
March 25, 2014

All mediators on the AAMS Party Select Program have at least five years of experience in arts and entertainment, have attended mediation certification training, meet annual continuing education requirements, and have served as a mediator on at minimum twenty (20) cases.
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SPArt announces 2014 Inaugural grants in Social Practice
February 3, 2014

SPArt, a new Los Angeles-based granting organization, announces its inaugural 2014 grants in Social Practice.
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I + We Collective by Robbie Herbst
HUMAN RESOURCES | January 15-25, 2014

I + We is an experimental and participatory (political) movement workshop. Borrowing techniques from dance, social sculpture, and new games, the structured hour and-a-half experience explores collective identity, play, and movement.
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DORIT CYPIS & PETER WU
Can i be dropped from history?
Panel Discussion

GREENE EXHIBITIONS | October 26, 2013

What are some considerations on authorship, identity, history, and dialogue when individual artists work in response to one another? Artists Dorit Cypis and Peter Wu will discuss this question moderated by curator and art historian Claire de Dobay Rifelj.
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Can i be dropped from history?
October 2013

DAAP has invited me to offer a public lecture about my artwork and a pedagogical workshop that facilitates discussion of museum studies and contemporary art practice, questioning institutional and cultural constructions of knowledge, meaning, and value.
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Artistic Sensibility in Conflict Resolution
July 24, 2013

Artistic Sensibility in Conflict Resolution July 24, 2013 by Dorit Empathy is more than feeling for another; empathy allows us to listen for the emotional cause of a conflict. Arts have the inherent ability to short-cut cognitive and affective blocks and ignite empathy.
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Folding Time Rhymes
GREENE EXHIBITIONS | July 20 – August 24, 2013

Group Exhibition at Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles
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Enact – Art in the Mind
May 6, 2013

In 1970, 65 artists participated in a project called Art in the Mind, curated by Athena Tacha and published at Oberlin College. An early document of conceptual gestures, the catalog was the exhibition.
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Shifter – What We Can Knot
THE POP-HOP | May 23, 2013

SHIFTER is thrilled to invite you to a book launch, with a series of short presentations celebrating the launch of our twentieth issue titled What We Can Knot.
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Kulture Klub at the Capitol
April 4, 2013

Decisive Moment: An Exploration of Portraiture – Work on view was created collaboratively with artists from Kulture Klub Collaborative and local artist Adriana Rimpel.
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L.A. WOMAN the Documentary
February 23, 2013

A multimedia/documentary project profiling pioneering, emerging, innovative and otherwise compelling Los Angeles-based female artists, philosophers and social entrepreneurs. In their own worlds and contexts.
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Kulture Klub Collaborative – Give & Take
January 28, 2013

I am very proud to introduce you to the latest project by Kulture Klub Collaboration, a public program I founded in 1992.
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Temple University – Public Engagement Lab
January 24, 2013

Public Engagement Lab draws on tools Foreign Exchanges has developed for college-age students and educators to build their skills of sustainability, including self-awareness, accountability, responsibility, communication, time management, inter personal skills, empathy and group cohesion.
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Emerging Focus Expo
January 19-21, 2013

Dorit Cypis participates as a distinguished reviewer for the Emerging Focus Portfolio Reviews in conjunction with photo l.a. 2013. Candidates are: emerging and professional contemporary artists using photography.
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Principals of Engagement
November 27, 2012

Leadership, Trust, Transparency, Active Listening, Reflection, Empathy, Reciprocity.
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A toolbox for more than just getting along…
November 27, 2012

When HOW WE CAN supports YES WE CAN change can happen.
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Association for Conflict Resolution Conference
September 24, 2012

The Occupy movement has developed into a powerful global channel for civic dissent. Activists have embraced Occupy as a means for expressing frustration especially about increasing economic disparity.
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Public Programs Spring/Summer 2012
August 2012

Bridges to Unity and Re-Conciliation & Mediators Beyond Borders International
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Friends Western School
August 19, 2012

I offered several conflict coaching sessions for the president of the Board of Directors and a five-hour facilitation session for fifty parent members of the K-6 school cooperative, including the parent member Board of Directors.
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Trainings Spring/Summer 2012
August 19, 2012

Trainings at Otis College of Art and Design, Valley Alternative Magnet School, Art Union, and International Association of Business Communications, San Diego.
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Recent Successful Mediations
August 16, 2012

Recent Successful Mediations at the Department of Graphic Sciences and Didier Hess.
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Kamikaze Exhibits: Thirty-One Exhibits
PØST | July 1 – June 31, 2012

...a prelude to The Life of Life by Dorit Cypis, with magician Blake Applegate.
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The Very Eye of Night
JANCAR GALLERY | June 30 – July 28, 2012

Maya Deren’s historic film, The Very Eye of Night, is memorable for its experimental qualities, the mysteriousness of "diving into the abyss", the performative aspects of the dancers. Deren was a trailblazer incorporating many art genres and turning formal and narrative structures inside out and upside down. We chose these artists based upon their practice as it relates to this film.
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Identity and Institutionalization: Dorit Cypis on Minneapolis in the ’80s
THE WALKER ART CENTER | June 31, 2012

Politicized by the AIDS epidemic, the censorship of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography, and issues surrounding identity, the body, and sexuality, Dorit Cypis created multimedia works at the intersection of performance, photography, and social sculpture.
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Artist, Woman, Human: Feminism in Practice
MOCA | February 25, 2012

We will discuss conflicts between dogma and practice, defining “practice” as artistic, activist or even religious, with a focus on feminist histories.
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