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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


David Orkand

Feb 20, 2014
David Orkand starts his own design practice
Spotlight Category: Alumni

David Orkand graduated from Otis College of Art and Design as valedictorian of his class in 2004.
While at Otis he also studied at the Architectural Association in London during a summer session, traveled throughout Europe and the Americas, and worked in the offices of Patrick Tighe Architecture and Griffin Enright Architects.

After graduating from Otis, David attended Princeton University's School of Architecture. David participated in travel studios in China, Japan, and the United States and, as the recipient of a Howard Crosby Butler Fellowship, conducted his thesis research in Iceland. He also worked in the office of Architecture Dean Stan Allen and served as his Assistant in Instruction on multiple occasions.

Upon completing his Master of Architecture with a Graduate Certificate in Media and Modernity, David spent the following year traveling throughout Asia, living and working predominantly in Tokyo and Beijing. After this nomadic period, David moved to Madrid, Spain, to work for Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos, where he worked on numerous architectural projects in their office over several years. In the spring of 2009, David returned to his alma mater, Princeton University, to serve as a Teaching Assistant for his employers, Luis Mansilla and Emilio Tuñón.

David then pursued additional travel in Europe and Africa, finally returning to Tokyo as a Monbukagakusho Doctoral and Research Fellow in the Tsukamoto Laboratory at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He spent the following three years conducting research and working with numerous Japanese architects including: Toyo Ito, SANAA, Junya Ishigami, Kazunari Sakamoto, Atelier Bow-Wow, and Go Hasegawa.
Upon completing his Doctoral course work, David recently moved back to his home state of California. Since returning he has been teaching at the University of California, Berkeley and the California College of the Arts.
David recently (winter 2014) started his own practice, atelier d.o.a., operating out of the Bay Area.