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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.


December 2013

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Compiled by Annetta Kapon


Alum MARY YOUNAKOF '06 was part of Narrative Space Video Screening in Venice Arts' "Fresh Perspectives Visiting Curator" program from November 16 to December 13, 2013

GFA Faculty KATHRIN BURMESTER was in a group show EAST OF ENCINO, NORTH OF MOCA, at Jancar Gallery from Dec 7, 2013 to January 11, 2014.

Graduate faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS is in the group exhibition  B.A.T. (Bon à Tirer | Good to Go) at Offramp Gallery from December 8, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON will show video in A Virtual Memorial Milan 2014 curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, Milan, Italy, January 27-29, 2014. A Vitual Memorial Jaffa, Israel, will also take place on January 25, 2014.

Alum MICHELLE ANDRADE '07 participated in A project for RX ART: http://www.rxart.net/store/the-rxart-coloring-book-volume-iv and was reviewed in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/01/between-the-lines_n_4184245.html ANDRADE is also showed at Aqua Art Miami in December 2013 with Charlie James Gallery.

Alum MATT LIFSON'S '12 exhibition at Angles Gallery was reviewed by Christopher Knight in the LA Times on December 5, 2013.

Visiting FLARE artist DOMINIQUE GILLIOT performed The Laughably Simple Ridiculously Important Event at Human Resources on December 7, 2013.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07 has a solo exhibition THE WAY IT SOUNDS at 323 Projects from December 6, 2013 to January 5, 2014. 323 Projects:(323)

Alum LORENZO HURTADO SEGOVIA has a solo exhibition Ni tanto que queme al santo,ni tanto que no lo alumbre at CB1 Gallery from December 15, 2013 ­ January 26, 2014.The exhibition was reviewed by David Pagel in the LATimes on December 19, 2013.

The Grad Fine Arts Mid-Residency Exhibition 2014 / Interstice / is from January 14-17 at the Bolsky Gallery. With grads KRISTY BALTEZORE, SEAN CULLY, JANET DANDRIDGE, SOO YUN JUN, DELIA PEREZ SALINAS TIJERINA, JASMIN THAN, RACHEL WOLFE.

Alum KATIE THOMA '13 has an exhibition an Venice 6114 on January 11, 2014.

Alum TERRY NORTON-WRIGHT '11 will have an exhibition and book signing of her work State of the Union at the Custom Hotel on February 1, 2014.