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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 2010

October 2 - December 4, 2010

A survey of artists who combine hand making and building techniques to create, engineer and hack unique, mostly functional devices, objects, machines and accessories; making either a social/political statement, creating new markets for individual styled products, or creating inventive ways to experience the tactile world, non-virtual, the "real". Artists in exhibitions: Kim Abeles, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Frau Fiber, Garnet Hertz, Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, Seth Kinmont, Liza Lou, David Prince, Mark Newport, Alyce Santor, Shada/Jahn (Steve Shada and Marisa Jahn), Eddo Stern. ecoartspace | themakershow

Workshops and Events
Saturday, October 16, 1-4pm, Workshop, Free
Frau Fiber presents
Sewing Rebellion: Art of Mending 101
Reservations and info: 310 846 2579 or ptighe@otis.edu
In October, Frau Fiber conducts Sewing Rebellions outside Forever 21 stores
10am – 4 pm

Friday Oct, 8, Fashion 21 (first store, original name), 5637 N Figueroa Street, LA
Friday Oct 15, Forever 21, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, LA
Friday Oct 22, Forever 21, 189 The Grove Dr. #40F, LA
Friday Oct 29, Forever 21 Inc, 2001 South Alameda Street, Vernon
Friday Nov 19, Forever 21, 1431 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica

The Lumberjack (David Prince or Charlene Reichert) is camped out in the Gallery. The Lumberjack whittles toothpicks and is happy to engage in conversation. Toothpicks are for sale! They are available directly from The Lumberjack in the gallery or online at 
Lumberjack Schedule
Oct  12: 11am-1pm
Oct  15: 1 pm-3pm
Oct  20: 11am-1pm
Oct  22: 1pm-3pm
Oct  27, 29 / Nov 2, 3: 11am-1pm
Nov 10, 12, 17, 19, 22, 23 / Dec 1, 3: 1pm-3pm

Saturday, October 23, 9am-Noon, Workshop, $65
E-Crafting Workshop with Syuzi Pakhchyan

Electronic crafting using conductive threads and fabrics to make interactive, quirky, and fashionable objects. Registration and info:
Continuing Education (310) 665-6850.

Saturday, November 6, 11am, Tour, Free
Gallery tour with curator Patricia Watts and OutRun demonstration by Garnet Hertz
followed by a no-host lunch at a local eatery.

Above: Mark Newport, Naftaman, 2008. Below: Mark Newport, Argyleman, 2007; Liza Lou, Loo, 2006; Seth Kinmont, Self-Driven Hearse, 2006; Alyce Santoro, Satellite Dish Hat, 2000.

Press Release  /  Slideshow  /  Video: Artist Walk-Thru  /  Image 1

Todd Schorr: Designed for Extinction
June 26 - September 11, 2010

Designed for Extinction is a solo exhibition featuring the paintings of Los Angeles-based artist Todd Schorr, a leading figure in the world of Pop Surrealism and the "lowbrow". Schorr is undeniably inspired by Renaissance masters such as Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, and Salvador Dali, as well as the early animated cartoons of Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, underground comics best exemplified by Zap, and classic films from the 1930's such as King Kong and Frankenstein. His highly polished, fantastic paintings are intricate narratives about evolution and the plight of man.www.toddschorr.com

Saturday, September 11, 3pm: Conversation with Todd Schorr and Ben Maltz Gallery Director Meg Linton.

Limited-edition Hurley T-shirt with Todd Schorr graphic and exhibition brochure with poster available in the gallery, $10 each, $15 if purchased together.

Press Release  / Virtual Tour on Hurley  /  Slideshow  /  Video: Artist Walk-Thru

The Story of O: Graduate Fine Arts 1989-2009
April 10 - June 5, 2010

The Story of O: Graduate Fine Arts 1989-2009 features new work by alumni who attended Otis College of Art and Design's distinguished Graduate Fine Arts program between 1989 and 2009 and studied under the leadership of artist and Chair Roy Dowell. Alumni participants were selected by a panel of five jurors: Sarah C. Bancroft, Curator, Orange County Museum of Art; Dr. Nizan Shaked ('00), Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History, Museum and Curatorial Studies at California State University Long Beach; Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Otis Ben Maltz Gallery; Roy Dowell, Artist and Chair, Otis Graduate Fine Arts; and Annetta Kapon ('85), Artist and Assistant Chair, Otis Graduate Fine Arts. Artists in exhibition: Anthony Carfello, Michi Colacicco, Carla Danes, Sabine Dehnel, Tami Demaree, Luis G. Hernandez, Patrick Hil, Susan Horowitz, Carmine Lannaccone, Amanda Keller Konya, Bill Kleiman, Alexander Kroll, Jennifer Lanski, Vally Mestroni, Kevin A. Myers, Chris Oatey, Hilde Overbergh, Lorenzo E. Hurtado Segovia, Whitney Stolich, and Mary Younakof

Press Release  /  Slideshow  /  Video: Artist Walk-Thru

MexiCali Biennial
January 23 - March 20, 2010

MexiCali Biennial 09/10 highlights the work of artists from California and Mexico, selected by Biennial Curators/Artists Ed Gomez ('03, MFA), Luis G. Hernandez ('03, MFA), and Amy Pederson. Working in photography, painting, sculpture, performance and new media, the artists from both sides of the border interrogate the economies of exchange underlying extant constructs of race, nationalism, art, and identity in the region, while insisting on a transgressive fluidity between media and territory. The presentation at the OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery is the culmination of a year-long exploration and discussion about the physical and political realities of crossing culture, language, and boundaries. Artists in the Exhibition: Skip Arnold, Juan Bastardo, Bordermates, Anibal Catalan, Pablo H. Cobian, Jeff Chabot, Michelle Chong ('06, MFA), Fernando Corona, Fidel Hernández, Luis G. Hernandez, Rebeca Hernández, Homeless, I.C.E., Nicholas Kersulis, Ryan Lamb, Ivan Limas, Albert Lopez, Matt McFarland ('03, MFA), Txema Novelo, Susana Rodriguez, Michelle Romero, Ernesto Rosas, Joaquin Segura, Gustavo Siono, Francesco X. Siqueiros, Sergio Torres-Torres, Jason Wallace Triefenbach, and Fundación Wanna Winnie. www.mexicalibiennial.org

Press Release  /  Slideshow  /  Video: Artist Walk-Thru