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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.


Eduardo Lucero

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Among fashionistas, Los Angeles designer Eduardo Lucero ('87) is a red carpet favorite, stemming in part from his celebration of the sensual Latin-American culture of his origins.

At his shop on Beverly Boulevard, Lucero crafts lovely, flattering, personalized couture gowns. In the front, the shop displays a rotating selection from the season's collection. In the back is Lucero's studio, complete with cutting tables, mannequins, glossy satins and exquisite deep velvets. His specialty: decidedly feminine evening wear. Burnout velvet halters and long, bias-cut skirts drape incredibly smoothly, and suits hug without strangling bodies.
The body that fits into these clothes needn't be emaciated - Lucero designs for unabashedly curvaceous women.

Over the years, Lucero has been involved with numerous runway shows and gala events. He presented new work during "Fashion Week in L.A." And his tie-dyed gown design set a glamorous tone at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City. Gen Art Chicago, a leader in showcasing the newest emerging talent in fashion and art, held their 2nd annual Fresh Faces in Fashion runway show, which included Lucero along with the hottest new designers from Chicago, New York and Los Angeles in womenswear and accessories. Lucerno also won the Asia Pacific Young Fashion Designers Show in Hong Kong.