• Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.


History of Photography

Since the invention of photography, ordinary images have had a profound impact on defining culture.  The assignment for the Term Project is to investigate Vernacular snapshot Photography, using a variety of sources, in preparation for creating a digital photo album, with accompanying text, to be presented in class, and posted to both your e-portfolio.

Snapshot photographs designed for the public realm as well as those most likely intended for private viewing by family and friends. Be sure to consider photographs that express a sense of informality and intimacy, and the unusual - fiction and fantasy. And, of course, the clichéd vernacular snapshot image.

Find a Database Article

Your best bet for finding articles about photographers would besome of the Otis Databases: Art Source. ProQuest and JSTOR as they cover the history of photography.

Finding articles about subject matter such as "vernacular photography" will be more challenging. You can simply enter those terms in a database and find something. but you can also think of terms that an author of an article might use in a title of an article, such as "snapshots." Be sure to also check the SUBJECT field of an article you find helpful and see how the people who index/catalog the articles classify it. For instance, "Amateur photography" and "Vernacular photography" are both used. See also: How to Clarify Your Topic.

Books of Interest

The Snap-Shot edited by Jonathan Green

Snapshot Chronicles: Inventing the American Photo Album by Barbara Levine, Stephanie Snyder, Matthew Stadler

Snapshot Versions of Life by Richard Chalfen (e-book)

Snapshot : New Art from Los Angeles organized by James Elaine

The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978

African American Vernacular Photography

Jo Spence : Beyond the Perfect image : Photography, Subjectivity, Antagonism by Jo Spence

Camera and Community : Photographs from the Collection of the Institute for Arts and Media

Family Snaps by Jo Spence


Exhibitions/Websites of Interest

Close to Home: An American Album - Getty

Shades of L.A. project at LAPL Photo Collection

Lens Blog - New York Times






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