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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.


Otis College Presents LTL "Design Trajectory" Lecture

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.


Principals of Award-winning Architecture Firm and the
Otis 2009 Donghia Designers-in-Residence Speak at MOCA

WHO: The principals of New York-based architecture firm Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis are the 2009 Donghia Designers-in-Residence at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.

LTL is an innovative, award-winning architecture partnership founded in 1997 by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki and David J. Lewis. LTL Architects received the 2007 National Design Award for Interior Architecture from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and was selected as one of six American architectural firms featured in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. In addition, LTL was included in the 2000 National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt and was selected in December 2000 by Architectural Record as one of ten firms representing a “Vanguard in Contemporary Architecture.”

Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis are co-authors of two books, the monograph Opportunistic Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008) and Situation Normal....Pamphlet Architecture #21 (Princeton Architectural Press, 1998).

WHAT: Otis College presents a lecture on interior architecture by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis. This lecture was made possible through a generous donation from The Angelo Donghia Foundation, and organized by the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design, with Linda Pollari, Chair.

The partnership between Otis and the Angelo Donghia Foundation began in 2008 with the first Donghia Designer-in-Residence award presented to Eva L. Maddox of Perkins + Will | Eva Maddox Branded Environments™. The program’s goal is to introduce internationally renowned and award-winning design professionals to Otis students and the greater Los Angeles interior design community. The Donghia Designer-in-Residence awardees, selected for their contemporary and innovative work, are principals of their firm or senior designers in a large firm who are committed to teaching future designers.

WHEN: Thursday, September 24
Lecture: 7:00pm Reception: 8:30pm

WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 South Grand Avenue, Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012

The lecture is free and open to the public. Additional information available at http://archive.otis.edu/calendar or by calling 310 665-6867.

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PRESS CONTACT: Sheri Mobley (323) 668-0874 smobley@mobleymarketing.com

About Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL): LTL actively pursues a diverse range of work, from large-scale academic and cultural buildings to interior architecture to competitions. LTL's approach is to realize inventive solutions that turn the very constraints of each project into the design trajectory, exploring overlaps between space, program, form, budget and materials. The firm's work has been extensively published and exhibited internationally. LTL has successfully designed and managed large-scale institutional building projects while achieving a high level of design excellence. In the fall of 2004, LTL completed Bornhuetter Hall, a 48,000 square ft. residence hall for the College of Wooster. Most recently, the firm has completed the design phase for Arthouse at the Jones Center, a contemporary arts center in Austin, Texas scheduled for construction in 2009. Other built work includes offices for New York University's Strategic Assessment, Planning and Design Department and a renovation of the public spaces at Brown University's BioMedical Center. A 5,500 square ft housing complex for New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development was completed in April 2007. Awardwinning restaurant designs in New York City include Xing Restaurant, Lozoo Restaurant, Fluff Bakery, Dash Dogs and Tides Restaurant. The firm actively engages sustainable practices and has produced the acclaimed exhibition designs for The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design at the National Building Museum and Ten Shades of Green, commissioned by the Architectural League of New York.

About The Angelo Donghia Foundation: Angelo Donghia created The Angelo Donghia Foundation, Inc., in January 2001 to help educate, encourage and inspire future designers. This not-for-profit foundation provides support for two distinct areas: the advancement of education in interior design; and the discovery of causes and methods of treatment for AIDS and its related diseases.


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, Adobe, 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; the Graduate Studios are 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.