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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.


Sandeep Mukherjee

Sandeep MukherjeeSandeep Mukherjee


Born in India and based in Los Angeles, Mukherjee ('96) has exhibited at UCLA's Hammer Museum, Pomona College's Museum of Art, Pitzer College, MOCA/L.A., Margo Leavin, and Brennan & Griffin, N.Y.

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"In fields of glowing color," writes Rebecca McGrew of Pomona College Museum of Art, "Mukherjee draws exquisitely rendered figures and forms that hover and float through an enigmatic space." She notes that Mukherjee "conflates Asian landscape painting conventions with a postmodern image of subjectivity as presented through shifting figure/ground relationships and the poetic ambiguity of the narrative content. [He] explore[s] phenomenological relations among light and space, to question traditional notions of representation, and to alter profoundly our expectations of art and consciousness."

Known for his mesmerizing, nuanced, ethereal, minimalist figurative works, Mukherjee fuses Indian techniques with his own sensibilities of fleeting spatial relationships punctuated by various materials and juxtaposed textures.

Mukherjee has had solo exhibitions at the Pomona Museum, Pitzer College, and Brennan & Griffin, N.Y. (2012). Group exhibitions include BravinLee programs, N.Y., the MAK Center at the Schindler House, and "Conversations," curated by Connie Butler at Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A..