Events
  • Gracie DeVito’s work challenges codified modes of art making and production; the output of the work shifts fluidly from painting, to sculpture, to found objects, to performance. Characters and motifs, manifested by DeVito herself or by the characters she creates, rotate through the 2D and 3D spaces of her pieces. 

  • Campus Safety Training

    Dec 08| Special Event
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    You are invited to attend a very important training presentation by the Los Angeles Police Department. The training session is designed to give participants insight and response options when encountering an active shooter.

  • Joint Venture

    Dec 10| Exhibition
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    Joint Venture is a group exhibition of collaborative projects by artists from ECF’s Inglewood Art Center and students from Otis College's Creative Action class, Uniquely Abled, taught by Michele Jaquis and mentored by Marlena Donohue.

     

    December 8, 2016 - January 6, 2017

    Gallery Hours M - F 11am - 3:30pm

     

  • LA Portfolio Day

    Jan 15| Special Event
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    Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to host the Los Angeles Portfolio Day on January 15, 2017 from 12-4pm!

    Bring your portfolio for an informal review by representatives from art and design schools, and learn about their programs of study. Portfolio Day events are held across the country, high school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Tuning the Room

    Jan 28| Exhibition
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    Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room

    January 28 - April 16, 2017

    Ben Maltz Gallery

  • Opening Reception

    Jan 28| Special Event
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    In acoustical engineering, “tuning the room” is a technique for measuring the specific sound properties of an enclosed space and then adapting the environment to improve its acoustic reflections. New York-based artist Anna Craycroft applies this technique both literally and metaphorically to the Ben Maltz Gallery for her exhibition Tuning the Room. Craycroft’s exhibition asks that we consider how the specific characteristics of an environment shape our experience within it, and how we become attuned in return.

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Modern Art History

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Please read this explanation of Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary Source Material in Anthologies

Primary sources are writing or objects created either during the time period being studied or soon afterward by people reflecting on their involvement in the events of that time.
Art in Theory 1900 - 2000

An Anthology  of writings by artists, critics, philosophers, politicians, and literary figures of the century.

Reserve N 6490 A7167 2002

Art in Theory 1815 - 1900

An anthology of writings by artists, critics, philosophers, politicians, and literary figures of the century.

Reserve N 6490 A779 1998

Art Retrospective [prt of Art Source]

Enormous bibliographic database covering hundreds of art magazines from 1926 to 1984. But this is not a full-text database. You will find only citations and then you must find the actual magazine. Most magazines from before 1990 must be paged from the Circulation Desk. The Library owns very few magazines from before 1950.

Available online through the Databases page or follow this link

Artists on Art from the 19th to the 20th Century

An anthology of short excerpts of writing by artists from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

N 79 G57 1972 (Non-Circulating)

Aspects of Modern Art

An anthology of writing on modern art from L'Oeil, a European art magazine.

N 7443 O3 1957 (Non-Circulating)

A Century of Artists' Letters

Reproductions of over 50 letters from many of the most famous painters in Paris between 1855 and 1968. Nicely illustrated.

N 6847 S6 2004 (Non-Circulating)

Letters of the Great Artists: v. 2 From Blake to Pollock

Reprints of over 250 letters and other words by modern artists.

N 40 F8 1963a Vol. 2

Manifesto: A Century of Isms

An anthology of original writings and manifestoes. 1855 to 1985.

Reserve CB 427 M287 2001

Modern Art in the USA: Issues and the Controversies of the 20th Century

Short excerpts from journals and books. Organized by decade.

N 6512 H47 2001 (Non-Circulating)

Modern Arts Criticism
4 volumes

Each volume covers 20+ artists and about each there is a biographical introduction, statements written by the artists.

Reference N 40 M63

Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and  Documents

Short exceprts of writings from the time including the emergence, aesthetics, avant-garde, manifestos for art and literature.

PN 49 M478 1998b (Non-Circulating)

Primitivism and Twentieth-Century Art: A Documentary History

Essays of historical importance pertaining to the encounter between Western modern artists and "Primitive art" written mostly in the first half of the 20th century.

Reserve N 72 P68 P75 2003 (Reference)

Reflections on Art

Anthology and source books of writings by artists, critics, and philosophers published in 1958.

N 79 L2 1961 (Non-Circulating)

Selected Writings on Art and Artists

Baudelaire's discussion of Delacroix, Ingres, and Corot, among other writers and musicians of the period.

NX 65 B3813 (Non-Circulating)

Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art

Anthology of writings by important artists.

Reference N 6490 S765 2012, 2nd edition
Reserve N 6490 S765 1996, 1st edition

 

Theories of Modern Art

Authoritative anthology of theoretical source materials on painting and sculpture since Cézanne.

Reserve N 6450 C62 T396

Voices of Women Artists

Anthology of writings from letters, journals, interviews, and autobiographies. Artists include Cassatt, Köllwitz, O'Keeffe, Kahlo, Nevelson, etc. 

Reserve N 43 S5 1993

Cultural, Social, and Historical Context

Looking at source materials for the period being studied is a good method to determine context. Luckily there are many histories and anthologies which include reprints of original materials such as diary writing, ads, photographs, and newspapers. These reprinted materials actually could be considered secondary sources because an author/editor selected what to include based on their own bias and interpretation, thereby changing the original context. How we think about what is a primary source, however, is rapidly changing because of the digital revolution. Libraries are now providing digitized images of original sources over the Web.
Ads That Put America on Wheels

Early 1900's through 1960's. Shows through actual ads how automobiles were marketed.

Reserve HF 6161 A9 D74 1996

Advertising and the Motorcar

Early 1900's through 1960's. Shows through actual ads how automobiles were marketed. An essay is included.

Reserve HF 6161 A8 F74

American Century: Art & Culture 1900 - 1950

Based on a Whitney exhibition, this is an in-depth overview of art of the period.

Reserve N H335 1999

American Decades
4 volumes

One volume per decade beginning with 1950's. Organized with chapters on world events, education, politics, lifestyles, media, the arts, etc.

Reference E 169.12 A419

Fashions of a Decade
8 volumes

Just fashion. We have the 20's through the 90's.

Reference GT 596 misc

Hulton Getty Picture Collection
6 volumes

One volume per decade. All pictures with captions. We have the 20's through the 70's.

D 426 Y362 [to Y367] 1998

This Fabulous Century
7 volumes

One volume per decade beginning with 1900-1950. Overview of the popular culture of the period. Mostly images.

Reference E 161 T55

20th Century Day by Day: 100 Years of News

Headlines and front pages of newspapers from 1900 through 1999.

D 422 C53 1999

Websites of Interest

Ad Access Images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. 
AdFlip Archive of classic ads from 1940 to the present. 
American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century The purpose of these pages is to present a series of web guides on the decades twentieth century. The pages are perpared by the Reference Librarians. Period pictures used.
American Memory Thematic access to images, sound recordings, web sites, and other documents on American cultural history. Provided by the Library of Congress.
Calisphere Provides access to more than 150,000 images, documents and other primary source materials from the libraries and museums across California, including photographs, documents, newspapers, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other cultural artifacts that reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. 
Decades in 20th Century America Students, or anyone else interested in American history and culture, will find a serviceable collection of print and online sources for each of the century's decades, as well as several that cover more than one decade. Annotated and regularly updated. 
Year by Year 1900-2001 This site describes historic events of the twentieth century by year and by decade.  

Other Resources

Digital Image Database

A very good Art History Writing Guide is available from University of NC at Chapel Hill.

Citation Machine: Free webtool to help you turn bibliography items into correct format.