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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Ron Athey.  Read more about the artist here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Join Otis’ new President Bruce W. Ferguson and new Director of Galleries and Exhibitions Kate McNamara at a special reception for alumni and friends at the historic National Arts Club.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    7:00 – 9:00 pm

    National Arts Club
    15 Gramercy Park South
    New York, NY 10003
    Business Casual attire is required by the National Arts Club
    For dress code information, visit: www.nationalartsclub.org (under About Us/FAQs)

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?


Ralph Bacerra Tribute


Renowned ceramist Ralph Bacerra passed away on June 10th at his home in Eagle Rock. He was a long time member of the Otis Community, chairing the Ceramics program from 1983 to 1996. His Los Angeles Times obituary included the following quote in reference to his piece Teapot (part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection): “The piece was not created to brew tea but to be enjoyed as a purely visual and tactile experience...” Long represented by Frank Lloyd Gallery, Bacerra made work to be enjoyed rather than analyzed. In an interview for the Smithsonian oral history project he said, “I am not making any statements—social, political, conceptual, or even intellectual. There is no meaning or metaphor. I am committed more to the idea of pure beauty. When it is finished, the piece, should be like an ornament, exquisitely beautiful.”1

Apart from his own words, the idea was probably best described in a 1999 New York Times review by Ken Johnson—“To look at Ralph Bacerra's gorgeous ceramic vessels is to wallow in visual hedonism. Mr. Bacerra, an immensely skilled craftsman based in Los Angeles, does not try to express any important meaning, social, psychological, philosophical or otherwise. His works are witty and sophisticated in their manipulation of influences ranging from Japanese to early modernist to Pop, but mainly he wants to delight the eyes of his viewers.”

Ensure the artistic legacy of Ralph Bacerra. Make your gift now to support the exhibition Exquisite Beauty: The Ceramics of Ralph Bacerra.

Art is What I Do: The Life of Ralph Bacerra, a film by Jo Lauria (’90), was produced by The Boardman Family Foundation in cooperation with Otis. Lois and Bob Boardman are longtime friends of Ralph Bacerra and collectors of his work.

As a one-time graduate student, a longstanding friend, and a life-long admirer of Ralph Bacerra, I wanted to pursue making this film to document Ralph's life. Viewed through the eyes of those who knew him, and heard through the voices of those strongly compelled to speak, this portrait presents the man, the mentor, the artist whose light burned brightly and its brilliancy shone through his spectacular ceramics. Film is the medium that lives both in the moment and perpetually. This documentary on Ralph Bacerra evokes memories of a life that did not last long enough, and celebrates a legacy that will last forever.

—Jo Lauria (’90)

Thanks to family, friends, gallery owners, museum directors, curators, collectors, colleagues, and former students of Ralph Bacerra who kindly agreed to be interviewed for the film.

David Armstrong
George and Connie Baccera

Cindy Bass

Ken Deavers

James Durney ’86

Sidney B. Felsen
Keiko Fukazawa ’86
Jim Hinkley ’89

Joanne Horton ’94

Bonnie Ikemura
Christy Johnson

Gloria B. Kamm

Solomon M. Kamm (Sonny)
Sue Keane ’96
John Kimmelmann
Yumi Kiyose ’91
Cindy Kolodziejski ’86
Jo Lauria ’90
Elaine Levin
Frank Lloyd

Ricky Maldonado
Tricia McGuigan ’97
Robert Miller ’90
Rich Mudge ’93

Kevin A. Myers ’91
Merry Norris
Lance Ogata ’91

Elsa Rady

Steve Rivers ’90
Leslie Rosdol ’88
Joan Takayama-Ogawa ’89
Porntip Sangvanich ’87
Adrian Saxe
Peter Shire

Anna Silver

Lin Werne