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  • Public-Library is a cross-disciplinary design studio in Los Angeles. They construct identities, concepts and experiences for brands through the practice of reduction using fundamental typographic theory and experimentation with space and form.

    Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake met as design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After studying, working, and exhibiting independently for many years—both stateside and internationally—their design philosophy and approach brought them back together as Public-Library in 2011.

  • Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures
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    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
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    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

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Portfolio Magazine

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Alexey Brodovitch was the art director for several magazines, including Portfolio and Harper's Bazaar.

Portfolio Magazine

Location: Special Collections

This short lived magazine of the early 1950s is often considered the best work of Alexey Brodovitch, an art director who is said to have changed the nature of magazine design.

Issue #2 has an embossed cover, bound-in wallpaper sample, several fold-outs and the highest quality printing available in the early 1950s. Contents include: Articles on Charles Coiner, the Amazing Vari-Typer, and Advertising Art in 1900, and a feature article on Charles and Ray Eames. Cover art is a kite design by the Eames.

Issue #3 has articles on Hobo Signs (i.e., hobo graffiti) and stereoscopy with glasses included.

Harpers Bazaar

Location: Periodical Stacks

While art director at Harper's Bazaar from 1934-1958, Alexey Brodovitch was known for his asymmetrical layouts, white space and dynamic imagery. He worked with artists such as Man Ray, Richard Avedon, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The Library also owns a nearly complete run of Harper's Bazaar for this entire period.

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 2 cover

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 2: Embossed cover with
kite design by Charles and Ray Eames

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 3 cover

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 3: Cover

Four Harper's Bazaar covers

Four Harper's Bazaar covers

Portfolio magazine spread on Giambattista

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 1: Spread on Giambattista Bodoni

Portfolio magazine spread on stereoscopy

Portfolio vol.1 no. 3: Spread on stereoscopy with glasses included

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, April 1941

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, April 1941

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, June 1938

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, June 1938

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