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  • High&Low Bureau is a curatorial duo composed of Yael Messer and Gilad Reich. They curate exhibitions, film programs, performative events and publications, while engaging with a plethora of disciplines, media and modes of artistic expression.Their curatorial practice is dedicated to the exploration of artistic strategies that reflect on, and suggest alternatives to, specific social-political conditions.

  • Los Angeles is a city often described as having no center. Its art community has turned that "disadvantage" into an advantage and given itself a license for adventure. Organizations, galleries, and artists find decentralization to be an exciting option and they establish their addresses in unexpected neighborhoods and zones in the city and even beyond, in other cities and states. What are the challenges and advantages of this programmatic and conceptual strategy? What are the risks, to organization and audience alike? Is this necessary, and if so, is it sustainable?

  • Fritz Haeg

    Sep 25| Lectures
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    Image: Fritz Haeg, working to install the Edible Estate #12 garden in Budapest, 2012. Photo: Andras Kare.

    Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Fritz Haeg.

    Thursday, September 25th 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

  • David Schafer

    Sep 30| Lectures
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    David Schafer is a visual and sound artist working in sculpture, sound, sound, performance, and works on paper. His work is concerned with the structures, translation, and intelligibility, of language and architecture. Schafer has shown nationally and internationally and has received several public commissions. Most recently he has had one-person shows at Studio10 gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, and Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA.

  • Sarah Manguso

    Oct 01| Lectures
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    Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and short-listed in the UK for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and long-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise.

  • Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Jennifer Steinkamp.

    Thursday, October 2nd 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

     

  • Pae White

    Oct 07| Lectures
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    Pae White was born in 1963 in Pasadena, California. She lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, California. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Recent solo exhibition venues include Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; galleria francesca kaufmann, Milan; the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; greengrassi, London; and 1301PE, Los Angeles.

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Ojai Art and Design Tour

Ojai Art And Design Tour
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 9am - 7pm

Join Otis College of Art and Design on our upcoming Ojai Art & Design Tour and explore renowned private art collections, artists’ studios, homes, museums, galleries and more!  Many of the stops on the tour are not open to the public and are private, guided tours designed specifically for our group. Tour Information and Registration Form (PDF)

This exclusive trip for Board and Patrons Circle members is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9am to 7pm.  Otis does not have an official room block, however we recommend the following hotels:

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
905 Country Club Road, Ojai, CA  93023
805-646-2420 / www.ojairesort.com 
(rates from $369++ and up)

Su Nido Inn
301 N. Montgomery St., Ojai, CA  93023
805-646-7080 / www.sunidoinn.com
(rates from $209++ and up)

Blue Iguana Inn
11794 N. Ventura Ave. (Hwy 33) Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-5277 / www.blueiguanainn.com
(rates from $159++ and up)

Transportation to and from Ojai will not be provided.  A shuttle will pick guests up at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa promptly at 9:00am on Saturday morning.  (Free self-parking is available at the hotel even if you are not staying as a guest.)

 

Tour Itinerary:

Private Tour of John Nava’s Studio (not open to the public)

John Nava studied art at UC Santa Barbara and did his graduate work in Florence, Italy. His work is found in numerous private, corporate and public collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan including the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C.

Nava has done large-scale public works including projects for the Tokyo Grain Exchange in Tokyo, the Seattle Symphony Benaroya Hall and Westmont College. 

In 1999 Nava was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create three major cycles of tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.  Our Lady of the Angels, the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States, opened in September of 2002.

In 2003 Nava’s tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels won the National Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) Design Honor Award for Visual Art. Other tapestry projects include large-scale pieces for the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at USC and the Firestone Library at Princeton University.

John Nava’s son, Matt Nava, graduated from Otis in 2008 with a degree in Digital Media.  Matt has been named two years in a row to the Forbes "30 under 30" list of the most important people in video games.

 

Architectural Tour of Ojai home designed by Fred Fisher

(not open to the public)

Architecture Home by Fred Fisher  Fisher Home

This 2,500 square foot west-coast home was originally designed for artist, Elyn Zimmerman.  It was designed by Otis Governor, Fred Fisher as a metal-clad volume in contrast to rural untamed landscape of Ojai, California.  The house is currently owned by artist Nicole Robinov.

   
Ojai Olive Oil Company

Olive Oil CompanyOlive Oil Landscape

Enjoy a tasting of premium California extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars and all natural cosmetics. It is a family owned & operated organic permaculture farm.

   
Lunch and Free Time in Town

Leslie Clark  Oil Painting Leslie Clark  Leslie Clark - Oil

We will host a group luncheon and then allow for some time to visit a few shops and galleries in town along the Arcade.  Destinations include:

Nomad Gallery – the Art of Leslie Clark – Leslie spends half of each year from one end of Africa to the other looking for nomads and painting. The Sahara desert and Niger specifically have become the focus of her work, but while at home in Ojai, she paints the cowboy life that is a part of her heritage.

Modern Folk Living – store focused on using sustainable products which is owned by Otis Fashion Design Alumna and former designer for Adidas and Patagonia, Wanda Weller Sakai.

     
Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts

Beatrice Wood  Beatrice Wood

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts celebrates the arts and promotes wide-ranging approaches to self-expression including painting, ceramics, film, music, woodworking and photography with exhibitions, performances and workshops. The permanent collection preserves the legacy of Beatrice Wood through the artist’s work, her collection of folk art from around the world, an extensive library and archives of historical material. The current exhibits include California Fiber and Journey to the Center of YOUR Earth, as well as the permanent collection.

   
Cocktail Reception in the home of John Davis and Lorrie Brown

We will finish the day with a cocktail reception hosted by Otis Governor, John Davis and his wife, Lorrie Brown. Their home is a net-zero energy modern barn set in the Topatopa foothills designed by their architecture practice, dba.  After light hors d’oeuvres and a selection of Ojai Vineyard wines made locally by the renowned vintner Adam Tolmach, the shuttle will bring you back to town or to the Ojai Valley Inn to pick up your cars.

 

Tour Information and Registration Form (PDF)