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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.


Mohammed Dib, Tlemcen or Places of Writing


As I sat down at the meïda that served as my work table, on the patio protected from the sunlight’s bright triumph by the coolness of the azulejos, I was hardly aware that I was beginning a migration, setting off on a journey which, without yet taking me abroad, would lead me into an unknown land and, in that land, from discovery to discovery, and that the more I pushed ahead, and the more I wandered into new countries, the further I would travel, simultaneously but unknowingly, down the road leading to myself. Pathways of writing.

Born in Tlemcen, Algeria in 1920, Mohammed Dib is the author of more than 30 works, including numerous novels, volumes of poetry, story collections, essays and memoirs. He worked as a teacher, an accountant and an interpreter during WWII, and after the war as a journalist for Alger Républicain and Liberté. Expelled from Algeria by the colonial authorities in 1959, he moved to France, eventually settling in La Celle-Saint-Cloud. He lectured at the Sorbonne and at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dib was awarded several prizes, including the Grand prix de la Francophonie de l’Académie française, the Grand prix du Roman de la Ville de Paris, and the Prix Mallarmé. Dib died in 2003.

Guy Bennett’s translations include Jacques Roubaud’s Poetry, etc.: Cleaning House, Valère Novarina’s Adramelech’s Monologue, and Giovanna Sandri’s Hourglass: The Rhythm of Traces.


  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9845289-7-4
  • Price: $12.95
  • Published 2012
  • 120 pages

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