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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.


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


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.


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.