• Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

  • Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique.

  • McFetridge is a artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, ‘an all round visual auteur’. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. 


Richard M. Shelton: 2007 TLC Technology Grant Report


Highlighting the Library's Art and Audio Collection

For the past 34 years, I have been an avid record collector of all genres. In addition, to building my personal collection, I have studied and taught Music History. When I arrived at Otis, I was amazed to find an insane collection of art records. With some inquiry, I was informed that the library had amassed a record collection with the likes of Henry Moore, John Giorno, Joseph Beuys, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, and Otis's faculty members Carol Caroompas and Joyce Lightbody.

Such recordings illustrate conceptual ideas; are forms of self-expression or self-reflection; document ideas; or evidence performance. These sound bearing pieces of plastic have honestly and directly chronicled the history of art through freedom of authorship.

It has been a privilege to select and digitize some of these significant and obscure recordings onto cd for your listening pleasure. Check any one of them out from the library for an in-depth experience. They could compliment your practice as an artist or act as a resource on any number of projects in various media.

I trust that you will enjoy listening to these recordings. At times I may question my life-long commitment to record collecting but when cataloguing Otis's record library, I was reminded that music, music history, poetry, and performance art have had a significant and powerful influence throughout my personal and professional life.

Audio podcast about the collection with excerpts from several records in the Otis collection is available through Otis on iTunes U.

--Richard M. Shelton
Liberal Arts and Sciences

Video created of Rich Shelton's interview with artist and Otis faculty, Carole Caroompas about her records from the 1970s.

Video interview by Rich Shelton with Joyce Lightbody about her own album "Bear Ears and Other Songs" and the use of Shape Note music.

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