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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.


Richard Pettibone

Richard PettiboneRichard Pettibone


 Richard Pettibone (‘62, MFA)'s early influences were Warhol's thirty-two cans of soup at the Ferus Gallery in 1962 and Duchamp's first U.S. retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1963. By 1965, he began making miniature copies of work by contemporary artists such as Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Johns. He recreated their processes, and mounted the canvases on dollhouse stretcher bars and frames. Pettibone pioneered appropriation art, creating a distinctively West Coast current of "Conceptual Pop."

His first solo show was at L.A.’s legendary Ferus Gallery, and from there he exhibited largely in N.Y. at Castelli, OK Harris, and the Curt Marcus Gallery. He has had approximately 35 solo exhibitions since 1965. In 2006, he was the subject of a museum retrospective that toured the country.

Regarding this retrospective’s showing at the Laguna Beach Museum, Los Angeles Times reviewer Holly Myers spoke of Pettibone's "exceptionally beautiful, sharp, skillful and tenderly crafted" paintings. According to Myers, the work of the last 40 years "makes a strong case for Pettibone's standing among the top tier of L.A.'s Ferus-generation artists."