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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.


When It's A Photograph Exhibition Opens November 1

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

When It's A Photograph
James Welling, 003, Chromogenic Print, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CA (Sept. 18, 2008) -- When It's a Photograph examines contemporary photography's current fascination with collage, cut-outs, photograms and other altered states of the traditional photograph. The show considers why photographers are revisiting these formal techniques of the avant-garde of the 1910s-1940s at this particular moment. In some cases, it is a material-conscious reaction to digital image-making; in others it is a self-referential examination of photography and its existence as an art form that operates beyond the flat space of the photographic print.

The artwork included in the show is overtly constructed; the traditional photograph is treated as the central component in a larger scheme of art-making. The works use photography as collage or a ground for drawn or cut imagery or as a photographic trace in the case of the photogram. Even while prioritizing the medium of photography, the relationship between the photographic and the drawn, and the sculptural and the painted, is deliberately questioned, leading the viewer to consider what makes a photograph a photograph.

Artists include Doug Aitken, John Bock, Sebastiaan Bremer, Phil Chang, Morgan Cuppet-Michelson, Liz Deschenes, Amie Dicke, Richard Galpin, Arthur Ou, Adam Putnam, Paul Sietsema, Yanina Spizzirri, Carly Steward, Wolfgang Tillmans, Yanai Toister, Inez van Lamsweerde, Marnie Weber, and James Welling.

This exhibition is made possible by The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation.

Exhibition dates: November 1-25, 2008

Curated by Soo Kim, Artist and Interim Director of Photography

Reception: Saturday, November 22nd, 6-8 pm
Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design
Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm / Thu 10am-7pm
The gallery will be closed on November 4.

Related events: November 5, 11 am, Bolsky Gallery:
Exhibition walk-through with curator Soo Kim

November 10, 7:30 pm, Ben Maltz Gallery: Lecture by Charlotte Cotton
November 11, 11 am, Forum: Presentation by Sebastiaan Bremer
November 12, 11am, Bolsky Gallery: Exhibition walk-through with Otis alumni: Morgan Cuppet-Michelsen, Yanina Spizzirri, Carly Steward
November 19, 11 am, Bolsky Gallery: Exhibition walk-through with Phil Chang


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.