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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.


Newsletter April 2013

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter April 2013

Compiled by Annetta Kapon
See also the current newsletter and the newsletter archive.

Grad professor RENEE PETROPOULOS and alum SAM WATTERS '02 were part of Freeway Studies #1: this side of the 405 April 13 to June 1 in the Ben Maltz Gallery.

Grad REGINA HEROD THOMPSON had her MFA Thesis exhibition Conditions: Seven at the Helen Bolsky Gallery from April 8-14, 2013.

Grad Fine Art Chair ROY DOWELL is showing his work in the group exhibition LOCAL FISH at Ernie Wolfe Gallery from April 13 to May 13, 2013.

The Grad Fine Arts and Public Practice Open Studios event took place on Sunday April 14.

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 acting chair ANNETTA KAPON'S video The Line Between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles 2013 was shown on all LA Metro buses with Video screens on Friday, May 3, 2013. The project, called Out The Window, is organized by LA Freewaves.

Grad RHEE, HYUNG MIN, had her MFA thesis exhibition English Is Second Language at the Helen Bolsky gallery from April 22-27, 2013, with performances daily at 12:30 and 19:00.

Grad ANDREAS GUREWICH had his MFA thesis show at the Helen Bolsky Gallery from April 15 to 21, 2013.

Grad SHIVA ALIABADI showed her project Dialogues in the temporarily itinerant Proxy Gallery from April 1-30, 2013.

Grad Associate professor JUDIE BAMBER was included in two books: Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing, Phaidon Press, forthcoming in 2013, And Lord, Catherine and Meyer, Richard. Art and Queer Culture, Themes and Movements Series, (London: Phaidon Press, 2013); (reproduction)