• 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

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

  • Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique.

  • McFetridge is a artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, ‘an all round visual auteur’. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. 


Book Ordering: FAQ



All required course books are purchased online AFTER you have registered.

All readers must be purchased through University Readers (

How do I know if I need a course reader or textbook?
What is a course reader?
How do I order required textbooks?
How do I order required course readers?
Why are there two different websites for ordering?
How do I return an item or request a refund?
Can I have my book delivered to Otis?
Can I sell my book once the semester is over?
Why don’t we have a campus bookstore?
I need more help...


How do I know if I need a course reader or textbook?
All of your required course books are purchased online AFTER you have registered. You will need to check the Estimated Price Lists to get information regarding required materials for your classes. You can also look at University Readers to find out if your class requires a course reader.

What is a course reader?
Course readers or course packs are custom-published packs compiled by your professor with materials that are relevant to the course. Course packs allow professors to include up-to-date articles and readings and are customized for each class. Usually an instructor will choose to use a course reader when there are multiple readings they wish to use for class, and it becomes too costly to have students purchase all the books. Course readers must be purchased through University Readers and cannot be purchased through other vendors.

How do I order required Textbooks?

  1. You can purchase your required books from any bookseller, in-store or online. Some examples would be Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and More can be found online to choose from. Also, many have rental and digital options at a cheaper rate.
  2. You will need the Student Schedule printout (sample below) provided by the Registrar.
  3. Using the information found on the Estimated Price Lists (ISBN, Title, Author, Publisher) and your Student Schedule, you can search for your books online.

Sample Student Schedule Printout

30396 FND 110 A G Form and Space I 2.0
30425 FNDT 180 A G Life Drawing I 3.0
30090 AHCS 120 C G Visual Culture 3.0

CRN – a number you use to register online
SUBJ – stands for subject
CRSE – stands for course
SEC – stands for section
CMP – stands for campus (G is the Goldsmith Campus on Lincoln)
TITLE – course title
CREDITS – number of credits or units course if worth

How do I order required Course Readers?
To purchase a reader, please follow these instructions:

  • Step 1: Log on to
  • Step 2: Choose the correct course pack, select a format, and proceed with the checkout process.
  • Step 3: After purchasing, you can access a digital copy of the first few chapters (if you selected a print format) or all chapters (if you selected a digital format*) by logging into your account and clicking ‘My Digital Materials’ to get started on your reading right away.

Print orders are typically processed within 24 hours; the shipping time and price will depend on the selected shipping method and day it is shipped (orders are not shipped on Sundays or holidays).

*Digital access: To access your course pack, you will need an Adobe ID and the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software installed on your computer. Visit for easy instructions and a video walkthrough of the process. Once you download the digital pack you can access it online or offline at any time on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can also annotate, highlight, and search the content. Please note that the digital course pack expires after six months.

If you experience any difficulties, please email or call 800-200-3908 ext. 503.

Why are there different websites for ordering?
Otis is currently seeking an online Bookstore.  Until one is established, students can find textbooks at several different online or in-store retailers.  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and are just a few.

University Readers offered low pricing and quick turn-around time for students ordering course readers.

How do I return an item or request a refund?
Textbooks: Certain conditions apply to returning your materials for a full refund. BEFORE you open or write in anything, please check the Returns FAQ of the site or store where materials were purchased for refund policies and restrictions.

Course Readers: Please see the Student Help FAQ section on University Readers website.

Can I have my books and readers delivered to Otis?
If you will be in transit when your course materials are going to be delivered, have not established a residence, or if you are in the Otis Housing program, you may qualify to have your orders shipped to the College. To see if you qualify and find out how to arrange this, contact the office of Student Affairs at (310) 665-6960 or check with the Student Affairs Office on the 1st floor.

Can I sell my book once the semester is over?
To sell your course reader or text book, contact the department representative for the course to see if those materials will be used again next term.

Why doesn’t the college have a campus bookstore?
Although we would love to have a campus bookstore, present space constrictions prohibit it.

I need more help...

Course Readers: Check the Help & FAQs on University Readers website.

Textbooks Textbooks: Contact the store you ordered text books from regarding materials ordered.

Check the FAQ on the MBS Direct Online Bookstore. The FAQ button appears in the grey header on every page.

If you have questions about the courses or required course materials, contact the department where the course is being offered. For non-studio courses, please use the Liberal Arts and Sciences Contact Form or call (310) 665-6920.

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