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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.


Amy McFarland

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Amy McFarland (‘85, Communication Arts) is the senior designer and acting head of the graphic design department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

As McFarland says in her profile from “Fifty People to Watch” [Graphic Design USA, 2002], “the graphic treatment of each exhibition needs to complement what's inside the gallery, not compete. I like to look at each project as if its subject matter had never been seen before by the public. Part of the design process for me is to pinpoint the essential emotions and thoughts prompted by the subject matter and reinterpret these through typography. My ultimate audience is the public, and I am always amazed that people do look at the graphic materials and do have reactions to them.”

McFarland has designed many books as well as graphics for more than 100 exhibitions, featuring such Jasper Johns, Gustav Klimt and Picasso. She received the George Wittenborn award for best art book of 2000 (Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850-2000), and the American Federation of Arts best exhibition graphics award for “When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-Period Japan.”