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  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Johnson Hartig of Libertine, Monique Lhuillier, Trina Turk, Leon Max and John Varvatos to Instruct and Inspire Fashion Design Students This School Year Nike, Disney Store, Cotton Inc, Nordstrom, Tommy Bahama Also Back to School at Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, CA., (October 10, 2007) – Otis College of Art and Design’s Fashion Design Department announces the professional designers who will mentor students during the 2007/08 school year. They are, for the Senior Class, Johnson Hartig of Libertine, John Varvatos for Converse, Monique Lhuillier, Trina Turk, Leon Max (with Cotton Inc.), and Ivy Ross from Disney Store. The Junior class will work under the direction of swimwear designer Rod Beattie for La Blanca, and top designers at Nike, Nordstrom, Tommy Bahama, Roxy and Abercrombie & Fitch.


These professional designers volunteer their time to provide direction to a small group of juniors and seniors who then work through the design process —researching, sketching, fabric draping to construction of final garment —all under the guidance of the professional design mentor and the Otis fashion design faculty.


For example, Leon Max in cooperation with Cotton Inc. has given 14 members of the Otis Fashion senior class the following design direction:
Design a dramatic and unconventional white cotton shirt that is an artpiece when paired with a simple black bottom. Think “shapes in opposition.” Consider origami and pleating. Review the book The Art of Manipulated Fabric by Colette Wolff.
The best work by these student designers will be presented on the runway on May 3, 2008 at Otis College of Art and Design’s annual scholarship fundraising gala.


The mentorship program, developed by Otis Fashion Design Chair Rose Brantley, is unique to Otis, and is the primary reason that Otis is considered one of the best fashion design schools in the country. Past design mentors for Otis’ Fashion Design program include Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Bob Mackie, Diane von Furstenberg, Isabel Toledo, Yeohlee Teng, Behnaz Sarafpour, Isaac Mizrahi, Todd Oldham, Nicole Miller, Jeremy Scott and Rick Owens.


“Otis is especially thrilled to have the involvement of ‘first timers’ Johnson Hartig, Monique Lhuillier and Ivy Ross“ said Brantley. “And we are also appreciative of our corporate sponsors who provide important funding for ‘real world’ design projects.” Sponsors for the 2007/08 school year are: Cotton Inc., Tommy Bahama, Nike, Quiksilver, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch.
Founded in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1170 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in advertising design, architecture/landscape/interiors, digital media, fashion design, product design, painting, photography, sculpture/new genres, and toy design; and MFA degrees in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, public practice, and writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. 

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.
Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist