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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.


MAY 2013


Compiled by Annetta Kapon
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Alum MATT CARTER '10 showed his work in Séance, a group show curated by Mario Vasquez at Coagula Curatorial from May 18th to June 15th, 2013.

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON is showing her installation *Not Actual Size at the PROXY Gallery in Culver City from May 1 to May 31. https://ospace.otis.edu/proxy_gallery

Alum SABINE DEHNEL '03 has a one person exhibition Drop The Thought at LSD Galerie in Berlin, Germany from May 24 to June 21, 2013. Dehnel is also in the group exhibition Pounds, Shillings, Pence at LSD Galerie Berlin, from April 26 to May 18, 2013.

Grad Professor RENEE PETROPOULOS and Chair ROY DOWELL are included in the book L.A Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980, by Lyn Kienholz.

Grad faculty JOHN KNIGHT has an exhibition at Portikus in Frankfurt, Germany, from May 4 to June 30, 2013. www.portikus.de..

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON'S video The Line Between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles 2013 was shown on all LA Metro buses on Friday, May 10, 2013. The project, Out The Window, is organized by LA Freewaves.

Grad Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL is included in the group exhibition California Visual Music (Three generations of Abstraction) at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University from May 8 to June 22, 2013.

Grads SHIVA ALIABADI and KATY COWAN participated in Come As You Are at LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) in West Hollywood on May 23, 2013.