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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.


Marlena Donohue: 2007 TLC Technology Grant Report


I received a technology grant of $1500 to set up, manage and edit an on-going a cyber based Art History and Theory journal called ArtBytes [blogs.otis.edu/artbytes - no longer available]. This in house cyber journal permits faculty affiliated with Otis College of Art and Design to publish articles in an electronic format which can be shared with our faculty and student community. Many scholarly and pop culture journals have moved to on-line and electronic formats for reasons of ease and ecology. Otis is on the cutting edge of this trend with our cyber journal called ArtBytes. The journal accepts for consideration articles and review in Art History and Critical Theory. The time frame its content covers is ancient culture to post modernity. Articles are selected and edited by Marlena Donohue, an Otis Liberal Studies Associate Professor with more than 20 years of work as an Arts Editor and Critic.

This journal publishes articles and reviews of exhibitions and books written by Otis faculty for use by our academic community and students. ArtBytes will also be accessible on the worldwide web with the other Otis generated electronic materials. Articles reflect areas of particular interest to Otis faculty. For example, Adam Berg teaches classes on critical theory and contributed an article on Walter Benjamin delivered as a paper in Rome, Italy; Marlena Donohue teaches, curates and publishes in the area of Feminist theory, and posted an article on Feminist Performance which she assigned to her Spring 2008 class on “Kaprow, Happenings and Performance Art.” The benefit is that Otis students are able to read, research and cite articles written by their faculty in an in-house format they are comfortable with. Faculty may assign ArtBytes articles as part of their curricula. This creates valuable interconnections between independent faculty research, class content and Otis students; it presents Otis faculty to colleagues and students as active, on-going critical thinkers.

A goal for the future is to edit and post publication-quality essays/articles by Otis Senior students; these student submissions can be used to practice writing, research, critical thinking skills, and life-long learning goals woven into the College and Liberal Studies mission statements. WASC may access ArtBytes as an on going and tangible measure of our active pedagogic models and use of technology.

--Marlena Donohue
Liberal Arts and Sciences