• Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton


Kerry James Marshall

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Marshall ('78), born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955, lives and works in Chicago. He received an honorary degree from Otis in 1999. In 1997 he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant. He was one of the artists featured in the PBS series on contemporary American art "Art in the 21st Century." In 2013, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

African-American popular culture informs his paintings, installations, and public projects. As he stated "You can't be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you've got some kind of social responsibility. You can't move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it. That determined a lot of where my work was going to go." Marshall's work is based on a broad range of art historical references, from Renaissance painting to black folk art, from Canaletto to Charles White, one of his Otis teachers.

His work has been exhibited in and collected by major U.S. museums for over twenty years and featured in international exhibitions such as documenta X, Kassel, and the traveling exhibition Postcards from Black America: Contemporary African American Art (1998). In 1998, his work was the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago that traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, N.Y., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. The Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, held a major retrospective in 2011, and in 2009, he painted a large-scale mural in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. In 2013, the National Gallery of Art in D.C. held a solo show of his work (10 paintings and 20 works on paper), In the Tower. Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff  opened at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Belgium, and travels through October 2014 to Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark; Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona; and  Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.



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