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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.


Students and Artists Honor Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Movement in Los Angeles

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

Otis College of Art and Design collaborates with Los Angeles Poverty Department on performance.
Vets Back to College
John Malpede
John Malpede

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 16, 2013

WHAT: A celebration of the birth of the L.A. recovery movement in downtown Los Angeles.

WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2013, 12pm-1pm

WHERE: Meeting at corner of Main Street and 6th Avenue (600 S. Main St., downtown Los Angeles)

Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) and students from Otis College of Art and Design's Graduate Public Practice Program team up with downtown residents to throw a surprise birthday party for Alcoholics Anonymous Los Angeles in celebration of AA’s long-term commitment to recovery in the area. January 26th marks the day 72 years ago of the first public meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in downtown, and the celebration will take place at the site of that first meeting - the Cecil Hotel, 640 S. Main St. The event is part of LAPD's yearlong project, “Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere,” focusing on Skid Row.

In 1941, a man named Mort J. started the first public meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in Los Angeles. At the time, effective recovery programs were hard to come by for men, and especially rare for women. Sybil C. was the first female AA member in Los Angeles. The movement grew quickly, and during a visit to L.A. in 1943, AA Founder Bill W. was surprised by what he saw. “When I peered out from behind the curtain, I saw a thousand people sitting there … incredible … evidence AA could cross the seas and mountains pretty much on its own," he said. Today, there are hundreds of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step fellowship meetings conducted weekly throughout Southern California.

Since the 1940s, the Skid Row neighborhood of downtown has become a regional resource recognized for its concentration of free and low cost recovery programs, and for the sophisticated recovery consciousness of community residents who live and work in the neighborhood, organizing and sustaining numerous daily meetings and fellowship events.

The January 26 event will include a performance by downtown artists and Otis graduate students.

Since 1985, the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities. LAPD’s works express the realities, hopes, dreams and rights of people who live and work in L.A.'s Skid Row.

The only educational program in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists with advanced skills for working in the public sphere, the Program focuses on both collaborative and individual art production. Public practice – also called participatory art, community art, public art, situational art or social sculpture – consists of video, performance, drawing, photography, sculpture and web-based projects. The Program, under the leadership of Suzanne Lacy, the renowned author and artist, educator, theorist of socially engaged public art, prepares students to re-invent traditional media-specific ways of thinking about art making.

Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu.


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.