May 10th - 19th 2024

History, Health, and Home
45th Annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction

Venice  Art Walk Gallery, Venice, CA

For 45 years, Venice Family Clinic has celebrated the artists and collectors whose talent and generosity raises money for vital health care in our community. This milestone edition of Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction explores the intersection of History, Health and Home. We reflect on the growth of the Clinic and of the Los Angeles art scene and recognize the critical role that building community and a sense of home plays in our well-being: physically, mentally and creatively.

The exhibition gives us a moment to celebrate an enormous breadth of Los Angeles-based talent – from the iconic founders of Venice Art Walk to the longstanding creatives who have carried the torch and those building the city’s artistic future. We are proud to feature a range of established, mid-career and emerging artists.

Proceeds from art sales fund Venice Family Clinic’s innovative and comprehensive programs and services which help the most vulnerable members of our community get and stay healthy.


May 11th 2024


The Urgent Call of Palestine

Human Resources, LA
Screening and Raffle - Fundraiser for Gaza Soup Kitchen
Presented by Bahia Collective and LAFilmForum 

In commemoration of Nakba Day, join us on Saturday, May 11th, at Human Resources LA or virtually, for The Urgent Call of Palestine—a community fundraiser for Gaza!
7:00 pm (Doors at 6:30 pm)

Ticket Price $15

This is an urgent call, buy as many raffle tickets as you can—the sky is the limit!
(available on withfriends starting Tuesday, May 7, 2024)

You can contribute to the fundraiser from anywhere in the world by buying a raffle ticket. 100% of the proceeds will be redirected to the Gaza Soup Kitchen to support their efforts in bringing food to the community! Together we are stronger and can make a bigger impact.

The fundraiser will be centered around:
⧫    Listening Session of The Urgent Call of Palestine by Zeinab Shaath
(recently restored by Discostan and Majazz)
⧫    Film Screening of "The Urgent Call of Palestine" (5’ |1973) by Ismail Shammout.
⧫    Live Music Set by godchild, PAWS and Lionmilk.

The raffle will include artworks generously donated by the following artists from around the world — Ali Vanderkruyk, Atia Sen, Greg Jenkins, Jordan Wong, Josh Cloud, Karim Marold, Malavika Rao, Razan AlSarraf, Shrujana Niranjani Shridhar, Sohrab Hura, Ry Noor & Zoe J Moon.


March 31st 2024

War Tax Resistance 101

The Reef, Los Angeles

Learn the basics of War Tax Resistance—what it is, why it's practiced, and how you can implement it. Join us to interrupt the flow of resources to war!
Hosted by Malavika Rao and Sarah Ibrahim at the REEF on Sunday 3/31 from 2-4pm.


March 18th 2024

Politics and the Artist Statement

Langley Hall @ Calarts, Valencia CA - 6pm
Writing Center Workshop 

Hosted by the CalArts Writing Center and led by malavika rao, CalArts alum (MFA, Art ‘23) and former Writing Center tutor, this workshop explores the process and strategies for voicing solidarity and political advocacy in the context of individual and collective artist statements. The goal of the workshop is to identify principles and strategies of effective writing that can guide artists when they choose to speak up about difficult and urgent social and political issues.

By looking at a range of recent examples of political artist statements, we will explore the following questions: how do we translate our political convictions clearly and succinctly into words? How do we ensure the message is meaningful and addressed to the specific context of the art work and the exhibition space? How do we assess and navigate the risk of censorship for such statements, and why might we speak even when reprisal is all but certain? malavika will share her experience, along with a group of students from her cohort, of writing both collective and individual statements of solidarity with Palestine that were then singled out for exclusion from the MFA post-graduate show at UTA gallery in January 2024.

malavika rao is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, ceramics, fiber, and installation. Her practice explores generational trauma and healing.  She uses the knowledge of craft to articulate resistance to dominant familial and societal structures by constructing portals to the past and imagining alternative narratives for the future. Utilizing traditional art and craft-forms, inherited materials, connections to ancestors, and time travel, malavika aims to build new worlds at the intersections of pasts and futures for herself and her community, in the hopes that these worlds can become powerful realms of healing, resistance, and liberation.

January 24th 2024

the personal is political

Downtown  Los Angeles, CA - 8pm

December 10th - Dec 31st 2023

malavika rao at Outdoor Closet

Open Studios: December 10th, 2023, 3-9pm
Cypress Park, Los Angeles, CA

October 13th - 15th 2023

Air Conditioning

Opening Reception: October 14th 2023,  5-9pm
Great Hall, West Hollywood, Los Angeles CA

July 28th - August 19th 2023 

La Conventa

Opening Reception: August 5th 2023, 7pm
The Reef DTLA, Los Angeles CA

June 4th 2023

Threads of Time: Crafting Love, Healing, and the Delicate Bonds

Artist Talk Moderated by Kevy Yang
Yiwei Gallery, Venice CA


May 20th - June 10th 2023 

Earth is Just a Rock 

Opening Reception: May 20th 2023, 2-6pm
Yiwei Gallery, Venice CA


March 6th - 10th 2023

dear ponnu,

MFA Thesis Show at Calarts Gallery D300
Opening Reception: March 9th 2023, 7pm
Calarts, Valencia, CA

October 8th - November 4th 2022

To Love and Be Loved in Return
Opening Reception: October 7th 2022, 6-9pm

SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA


May 2nd - 12th 2022


Opening Reception: May 5th 8-10 pm

With Performances by Ariella Fett and Olivia Fries-Farr
Calarts, Valencia, CA

March 19th - April 2023 


My Next Incarnation
Opening Reception: March 19th, 6-9pm

Idolwild, Los Angeles, CA