A Conversation with Tom di Maria and Jonathan Griffin

Saturday, May 25 at 2pm

Diane Rosenstein Gallery presents a conversation between art critic and writer Jonathan Griffin and Tom di Maria, the executive director of Creative Growth Art Center, on the occasion of the exhibition, Dan Miller: Paintings, at 831 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles. 


Dan Miller, a prominent ‘Outsider’ artist based in the Bay Areais a developmentally disabled artist (he has autism) who employs an abstracted visual language as a tool of inquiry and expression. Our exhibition commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Creative Growth Art Center, the Oakland non-profit where Miller is an artist-in-residence.

Held on the final day of the exhibition, this event is free, and open to the public.  


Space is limited. Kindly RSVP: info@dianerosenstein.com


Jonathan Griffin is a critic and writer based in Los Angeles. Jonathan is a regular contributor to frieze magazine, The New York Times, the Financial Times, Art Review, Apollo and others. He has written for monographs and exhibition catalogues on artists including William N. Copley, Andy Warhol, Derek Boshier, Armin Boehm, Liam Everett, Hernan Bas, Ragen Moss and Alice Tippitt. He is the author of On Fire (Paper Monument, 2016). Griffin wrote about Creative Growth: The House That Art Built, currently on view at SFMOMA, for the New York Times earlier this month.


Tom di Maria is the executive director of the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA. Since 1999, Mr. di Maria has developed partnerships with museums, galleries and international design companies to help bring Creative Growth's artists with disabilities fully into the contemporary art world. He speaks around the world about the Center’s major artists and their relationship to both Outsider Art and contemporary culture. Previously, he served as Asst. Director of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). He holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).  An award-winning filmmaker, Tom has received short film awards from Sundance, Black Maria, Sinking Creek, National Educational Media, and New York Experimental film festivals. In 2019, he was awarded the Visionary Award by the American Folk Art Museum in New York.

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