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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 and October 2011

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter September  October 2011

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


Concurrently with participating in the 12th ISTANBUL BIENNIAL, grad MATT LIFSON showed his work in the group exhibition ³IMAGINE² at C.A.M Gallery Akaretler in Turkey from September 15 to October 9, 2011.

Representing the USA and sponsored by BAUTRÄGER BAUPLANUNG GmbH. Max & Inge Kerscher Munich Germany, grad WOLFGANG BAUER is participating in the FLORENCE BIENNALE in Florence, Italy from Dec.3-11 2011.

Alums TUCKER NEEL'07 and TAYLOR TSCHIDER '11 are in  GATE Projects in Downtown Glendale. Organized by Graduate Faculty CLETUS DALGLISH SCHOMMER.

Alum SABINE DEHNEL '03 had a one-person show, The Things of Life, at MORGEN Contemporary in Berlin, Germany from September 7 to November 19, 2011.

The August 2011 issue of Gay Travel Magazine published a story on grad WOLFGANG BAUER'S work:  http://www.gaytravel.com/blog/entry

Alum TONE NIELSEN '98 of the Danish curatorial collective Kuratorisk Aktion organized Troubling Ireland, a Poster Campaign throughout Dublin city. The poster campaign ran from 12th ­ 23rd September in Dublin city centre and from 12th ­ 19th September in Leitrim Sculpture Centre Manorhamilton.

Graduate Professor ANNETTA KAPON and alum TUCKER NEEL '07 are in OUT THE WINDOW, an exhibition of artist videos in the Los Angeles County Metro bus Transit TV system throughout October and November 2011.

In the context of "PACIFIC STANDARD TIME Art in L.A. 1945 - 1980" alum ALEX DONIS '94 curated the exhibition "Collaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artists Space Movement" from Sept. 24th to December 6 2011 at 18th Street Arts Center.

Alum LUIS HERNANDEZ '03 showed his work in Co/Lab as part of "Pacific Standard Time. "Collaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artists Space Movement" at the Platform Art fair, Oct 1-3, 2011

Alum ROB FAUCETTE '05 had work included in I Want My Music Video Art Show.
Curated by Chris Marrs Piliero and Dave MacDowell at Gallery Meltdown in Hollywood. From October 7- October 20, 2011

Alum ZEAL HARRIS '07 was in "Colonialism: The Collective Unconscious" at The William Grant Still Arts Center from October 8 - November 19, 2011.

Alum VERONICA SOTO '05 was in curator Mat Gleason's Avant-LA, from September
29 to October 3, 2011 at 1835 S. Main St., L.A., CA 90015,  adjacent to Platform-LA at the L.A. Mart.

Graduate Faculty JUDIE BAMBER has a solo exhibition called ARE YOU MY MOTHER? at ANGLES GALLERY from November 5 ­ December 23, 2011.

Alum MICHELLE ANDRADE '07 showed a body of work in the booth of Charlie James Gallery during PULSE LA from September 30 to October 3, 2011.

Alum MELISSA HERRINGTON '08 presented her work and alum MARY YOUNAKOF presented an installation and video during the group exhibition Lived Experience in the Downtown Art Walk at the Huntington Apartments on October 13, 2011.

A selection of CB1 Gallery artists exhibited at The Colburn School/Zipper Hall opening on October 23 for the 2011-12 school year. It includes alums EDITH BEAUCAGE '00, LORENZO HURTADO-SEGOVIA '07, ALEXANDER KROLL '08, and CHRIS OATEY '06.

Alum CHRIS ROWLAND '00 has a documentary film "Sign Posts of Dr. Roy Walford" in the Arc Light Festival.Watch on YouTube

Alum JENNIFER WOLF '00 has an installation "Mylar Forest" at GATE Projects in Glendale on November 4, 2011.

Graduate Faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS and grad ELENA ROSA performed pieces in response to the publication of the book Negro Marfil Ivory Black by Myriam Moscona and Jen Hofer  on Thursday November 3 2011 at Eagle Rock Brewery, Los Angeles.

Alum JOE SOLA '99 has a one-person exhibition THE SENIOR DISCOUNT at Blackston Gallery in New York from Oct. 30th to Dec. 18th, 2011. Catalogue with an essay by Toby Kamps.

Alum OTINO CORSANO '00 has a one-person exhibition "Happiness-Part 1" at pm Gallery in Toronto, Canada from November 3 - 26, 2011.