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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.


Faculty and Alumni in summer shows

Kaur, Waterston, Carter, Weston, Twitchell

Bicoastal exhibitions this summer include

Siri Kaur has a solo show in August at the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro http://vcphoto.org/siri-kaur/of her photo portraits, and her work is included in an exhibition in N.Y. at  Aperture Foundation, through Aug 14. http://www.aperture.org/gallery/

Darren Waterston '88's installation at Mass MOCA, Uncertain Beauty, with its centerpiece "Filthy Lucre," reconstructs Whistler's 1876 decorative masterpiece, "The Peacock Room," as a sumptuous ruin. He re-interprets Whistler's paintings, and adds stalactite-like ceiling fixtures and crumbling shelving with 250 hand-painted ceramic vessels. Through Jan 2015.

Graduate Fine Arts Department Assistant Matthew Carter ’10 MFA has a solo show hellequinharlequinclown at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles , through August 23. http://www.luisdejesus.com/

Alumnus John Weston ’07 MFA is one of three artists in the exhibition May Contain Explicit Imagery at CB1 Gallery in L.A. through September 7. The exhibition is curated by alumnus and  faculty member Tucker Neel, (’07 MFA). http://www.cb1gallery.com/index.html

In Los Angeles on July 18, in honor of Nelson Mandela Day, alumnus Kent Twitchell ('77 MFA)'s mural of the late South African leader was unveiled at the Berlin Wall Monument, across the street from LACMA.