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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.


Past Exhibitions 2007

Nancy Chunn: Media Madness
November 3, 2007 - January 18, 2008

Solo exhibition of New York based artist Nancy Chunn, Fall 2007 Jennifer Howard Coleman Distinguished Lecturer and Resident (JHCDLR) in the Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art and Design. Chunn presents work including a painting entitled 9/11, a selection of work from her major series Front Pages, five new painting installations from Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear, a series that focuses ont he terrorism crisis and the panic perpetuated by the media. Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

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Do it Now: Live Green
August 25 - October 20, 2007

Exhibition of products, services, and design that focus on the home, featuring products made from renewable, recycled, and repurposed sources by individuals and companies who are manufacturing and distributing their goods with environmental integrity in our community. Curated by Colette Brooks of Big Imagination Group and Biobling, Meg Linton of Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis, and Yvette Roman of Beyond the Lawn.

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The Sims: In the Hands of the Artists
July 14 – August 11, 2007

Student exhibition featured works inspired by one of the world’s most popular games, The Sims™. Using The Sims™ as a creative toolbox, Otis’ young artists and designers created Machinima video pieces, stills, and art objects that extended beyond the virtual world. The exhibition showcased works produced for the Machinima and Art competition jointly held by Electronic Arts and Otis College of Art and Design. The challenge invited Otis students to produce pieces that fused the gaming and art fields and awarded based on expressive content, character development, art direction, originality, and use of music.

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Perspectives in the Crowd
June 20 - August 29, 2007 Bolsky

Presentation of  amateur films of one particular event - Daft Punk’s 2006 performance at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA - displaying the many ways the public have catalogued their experiences on YouTube. Guest Curator Tucker Neel. www.tuckerneel.com

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Don Suggs: One Man Group Show
April 14 - June 23, 2007

Survey exhibition spanning 38 years of the work of Los Angeles based artist Don Suggs, showcasing Suggs' singular vision in multiple forms, this exhibition includes drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture from Suggs' major bodies of work. Co-curated by Doug Harvey, Artist and Art Critic for the LA Weekly, and Meg Linton, Director of the Ben Maltz Gallery. LA Louver

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The Moral Museum: Selections from the Bick Archive
January 20 - March 31, 2007

Multi-media installation created by New York artist Cindy Smith that began as a critical examination of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life” and ends as a compelling reflection on the birth and history of the movement for Women’s Rights in America.

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