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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.


Curricular Connections: This Side of the 405

Freeway Studies 1: This Side of the 405

Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405
April 13 — June 1, 2013

Freeway Studies is a multi-year, contemporary art-focused curatorial project organized by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, with the assistance of Jeseca Dawson, 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.

Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405, funded in part by Otis’ Board of Governors, features artwork by: Charles Arnoldi, Natalie Arnoldi, Alex Becerra, Larry Bell, Karen Carson, Greg Colson, Meg Cranston, Tony de los Reyes, Mark X. Farina, Steve Galloway, Joe Goode, Scott Grieger, Deborah Hede, Jeremy Kidd, Tom Knechtel, Lies Kraal, Rachel Lachowicz, Lauren Marsolier, Renée Petropoulos, Phranc, Vincent Ramos, Lucas Reiner, Sandy Rodriguez, Liza Ryan, Kim Schoenstadt, Kiki Seror, Alexis Smith, Barbara T. Smith, Jim Starrett, Jon Swihart, Paige Tighe, Shirley Tse, Sam Watters, Chris Wilder, Pontus Willfors, Suzan Woodruff, and Jody Zellen.

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Charles Arnoldi
Website | Video

Natalie Arnoldi

Alex Becerra
Tumblr | Pacific Standard Time | Video

Larry Bell
Website | Video | Video Interview

Karen Carson
Rosamund Felsen Gallery | Video Interview |

Greg Colson
Website | Video 1 | Video 2

Meg Cranston (Faculty)
Y8 Gallery | Hammer Museum | Video Interview (Otis)

Tony de los Reyes
Website | Video Lecture

Mark X. Farina
Website | Video Lecture

Steve Galloway
Rose Gallery | Video Interview

Joe Goode
Website | Video Lecture

Scott Grieger (Faculty)
Website | Video Interview (Otis)

Deborah Hede
Commonwealth & Council | The Drawing Center

Jeremy Kidd

Tom Knechtel
Website | Video Interview | Video

Lies Kraal
ArtScene | Colección Jumex | Video

Rachel Lachowicz
Shoshana Wayne Gallery

Lauren Marsolier

Renée Petropoulos (Faculty)
Rosamund Felsen Gallery | YouTube Channel | Video Lecture (Otis)

Craig Krull Gallery | Blog | Woman’s Building Video (Otis)

Vincent Ramos (’02)
CCF Fellowship

Lucas Reiner (’85)
Website | Video

Sandy Rodriguez
Website | Plaza de la Raza

Liza Ryan
Website | Video

Kim Schoenstadt

Kiki Seror
Website | YouTube Channel

Alexis Smith (Faculty)
Interview | Margo Leavin Gallery | Video Interview

Barbara T. Smith
Performance Guide | I Can: Requiem for I Can’t | Wikipedia | Video Interview (Otis)

Jim Starrett (Faculty)

Jon Swihart
Lora Schlesinger Gallery | Video

Paige Tighe (’10)
Website | Portfolio (Otis) | Walk With Me | Video

Shirley Tse
Shoshana Wayne Gallery | Website | Video

Sam Watters (’02)
Website | Video Lecture

Chris Wilder (Faculty)
ArtSlant | Video

Pontus Willfors

Suzan Woodruff

Jody Zellen
Mobile Art | Website | Portfolio | Video


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