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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 September 2012

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter September 2012

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

Grad Faculty ANNETTA KAPON is in a three-person exhibition Housework: Cultures of Domesticity (Ezcurra, Kapon, Kumao) at Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA from Oct 27 to Nov. 27, 2012. Curated by Molly Hankwitz.

Alums EDITH BEAUCAGE ’10 (Bidibidiba) and WHITNEY STOLICH ‘04 (Traces of Spaces) will have concurrent one-person exhibitions at CB1 Gallery from October 13 to November 11, 2012.

Alums ULYSSES JENKINS ‘79, ZEAL HARRIS and RAKSHA PAREKH have work in the group exhibition Baila Con Duende at the Watts Towers Arts Center from September 9 to January 6, 2-13. Curated by GPP Grad LILI BERNARD.

Alum ALEXANDER KROLL ‘08 has a one-person exhibition Blue or Both at James Harris Gallery in Seattle Washington September 6-29, 2012.

Alum JACOB MELCHI ‘03 showed new paintings at George Lawson Gallery from September 5 – October 6, 2012.

Alum ANA RODRIGUEZ ‘09 is participating in the 5-person group exhibition Abject Deco curated by Walpa D’Mark at Zask Galllery in Palos Verdes from September 22 to October 20, 2012.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS ‘07 is in the group exhibition “Neo-Americana” at the Pacific Design Center’s Hudson/Link during its Art Loves Design Event, curated by Nick Lisica and Seven Wolkopp from September 19 to October 26, 2012.

Grad Fine Arts Faculty JUDIE BAMBER, ANNETTA KAPON, RENEE PETROPOULOS and alums MICHELLE CHONG ‘06, PATRICK HILL ‘00, JOE SOLA ‘99, JEFFREY VALLANCE ‘81, BRUCE YONEMOTO ‘79 took part in Fix it Up too at Blum and Poe Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 15th 2012.

Alum MARY YOUNAKOF ‘06 has a new video installation at the Pacific Design Center in space B233, on the second floor of the Blue Building in conjunction with Pacific Design Center’s Design Loves Art programming. This show will run from Wednesday, September 19, 2012 through October 31, 2012.

Elephant Art Space in Los Angeles is pleased to present Magic Johnson Smile, a solo exhibition of new works by alum JESSE BENSON ‘03 from October 5th-26th, 2012.

Alums MATT MACFARLAND ‘03 and MICHELLE CHONG ‘06 showed their work at the Torrance Art Museum The Subterraneans / XYZ: The Geometric Impulse in Abstract Art Sept 22 to November 3rd 2012.

Grad JESSICA MINCKLEY had an exhibition: ATLAS at the online Light and Wire Gallery http://www.lightandwiregallery.com from SEPTEMBER 21–OCTOBER 20, 2012.

Alum SAM WATTERS ‘02 is the author of Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935, Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston. He delivered a lecture on his book at LACMA’S Bing Theater on September 19, 2012.