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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

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  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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Political Artist and Graphic Agitator Emory Douglas to Speak at Otis College of Art and Design

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

Former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party will discuss visual art and political communication with Graduate Graphic Design students.
Emory Douglas Black Panther Poster
Emory Douglas Lecture, Graphic Design MFA

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 09, 2013

Artist and activist Emory Douglas will speak to students at Otis College of Art and Design as part of the Graduate Graphic Design program’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series. The lecture will be held Wednesday, July 10 at 12:00 PM in the Ahmanson Forum on the Goldsmith Campus at 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los, Angeles, CA 90045.

A major force in the American Black Power movement, Emory Douglas was the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until its dissolution in the early 1980s. His extensive body of work helped define the Black Panther Party’s signature visual style, and is an iconic representation of the Party’s struggles and accomplishments for nearly two decades.

Prolific and politically astute, Douglas created work with powerful impact, serving the Panther’s mission to improve the lives of African Americans by calling for resistance, social change, and community service. Using inexpensive printing technologies—including photostats and presstype, textures and patterns, collaged and re-collaged drawings and photographs —Douglas produced posters, pamphlets, and a weekly, two-color, heavily illustrated, tabloid-style newspaper, The Black Panther.

The work of Emory Douglas demonstrates the efficacy of visual art in political communication. With a distinctive humanism, Douglas galvanized a community ravaged by poverty and injustice by creating a visual projection of power for people who felt powerless and victimized. In contrast to earlier social realist political art, associated with the Work Projects Administration, that portrayed poor people in a helpless state, Douglas projected respect and action through his work, illustrating harsh conditions while underscoring the dignity of an African-American community emerging from segregation and proudly fighting to assert its rights to equality.

This lecture is part of the Otis Graduate Graphic Design program’s annual Visiting Artist Lecture Series, and is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

About The Graduate Graphic Design Program
The MFA Graphic Design program at Otis is limited-residency. Students come together for eight weeks each summer. To acquire an MFA they must complete three summer sessions and two on-site or off-site sessions. Design Week kicks off the summer sessions and powers students through the remaining seven weeks of the program.

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.