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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Massive Online Open Course Reinterprets Contemporary Art

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos 310-665-6857 jaxtell@otis.edu

MOOC developed by Otis College of Art and Design examines key issues surrounding the making, viewing, and interpretation of modern art
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Dr. Parme Giuntini, Otis College

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2013

Otis College of Art and Design will offer its first massive online open course (MOOC) in Art History, entitled "The Modern Genius: Art and Culture in the 19th Century," starting June 17, 2013.

"The Modern Genius" focuses on key issues surrounding the making, viewing, and interpretation of art in the late 19th century, when radical artists subverted tradition and permanently changed not only visual culture but society itself. Beyond style, technique, and fine art, the course will engage participants in the critical issues of modernity from Realism through Post-Impressionism, and address the larger world of visual culture that made this period so fascinating and complex. Participants will have an opportunity to explore a revolutionary moment in time when the very concept of art was in flux and conventional ideas in art-making were challenged, and to understand how that tumult of genius and modernity continues to influence us today.

“Otis is thrilled to offer such an important course free to the public and taught by a brilliant, dynamic professor,” said Otis Provost Kerry Walk. “As an educational institution, Otis strives to enrich the world by sharing knowledge with the community beyond our campus. Anyone interested in such ‘modern geniuses’ as Monet, van Gogh, and Picasso, and their impact on contemporary life and art, will find this course exhilarating.”

The Otis MOOC is being offered through canvas.net and is free to the public. Go to: http://www.canvas.net to sign up!

START DATE: June 17th, 2013

COURSE TITLE: The Modern Genius

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Art History course investigates the role of the French avant-garde in developing and showcasing new modern forms and approaches to art and visual culture in the 19th century. It addresses the most critical issues of modernity from Realism through Post-Impressionism as they relate to the stylistic changes that challenged academic art, the new subjects that confounded modern audiences, and the new roles and authority of the modern artist.

Through a series of video podcasts and online readings over five weeks, participants will understand the issues of modernity and the way that art and art-making addressed these issues, and recognize the profound impact that 19th-century Europe had in shaping our contemporary ideas of the “modern.”

INSTRUCTOR: Parme Giuntini, Ph.D.
After graduating from UCLA (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. in Art History) with a scholarly focus on 18th-century English portraiture, gender, and family representation, Parme Giuntini joined the faculty of Otis College of Art and Design. Working at an art college proved to be so challenging, productive, and fun that she never left. As the Assistant Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Director of Art History, she has been instrumental in teaching, designing, and supervising courses that address both fine art and visual culture. In 2007 she co-edited GARB: A Fashion and Culture Reader. For the past five years her scholarly focus has been curriculum design, educational technology, and active learning strategies with a special emphasis on online learning and information.

About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
 
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.