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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.


Woman's Building: Exhibition Publications

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October 1, 2011 - February 26, 2012



Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present a beautiful, full color, fully illustrated, two-volume book set in conjunction with the exhibition Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art and the Woman's Building. From Site to Vision: The Woman's Building in Contemporary Culture and Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building. The publications are made possible by grants from the Getty Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Henry Luce Foundation, and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation.


Available for purchase Amazon and in person at Ben Maltz Gallery.
Two volumes, sold as a set $55 / $44 (Students and faculty)



Volume I: From Site to Vision: the Woman's Building in Contemporary Culture
This collection of 14 essays was originally published online in 2007 and edited by Sondra Hale and Terry Wolverton. Essayists include: Sheila Levant de Bretteville, Professor of Graphic Design, Yale University; Betty Ann Brown, Professor of Art History at California State University; Theresa Chavez, Cofounder and Artistic Director, About Productions; Cecilia Dougherty, Artist, Brooklyn, New York; Sondra Hale, Professor in Anthropology, University of California at Los Angeles; Jennie Klein, Associate Professor or contemporary art history and feminist art theory, Ohio University; Michelle Kort, Senior Editor, Ms. Magazine; Lucy R. Lippard, Writer, Activist, and Author of twenty-one books (including one novel) on contemporary art and cultural criticism; Bia Lowe, Author of Splendored Thing: Love, Roses & Other Thorny Treasures and Wild Ride; Laura Meyer, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at California State University, Fresno; Michelle Moravec, Assistant Professor of History, Rosemont College; Kathleen A. Walkup, Professor of Book Art and Director of the Book Art Program, Mills College; Terry Wolverton, Associate Faculty Mentor in the Master of Fine Art Writing Program, Antioch University Los Angeles.

ISBN 0930209230 / 420 pages

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Volume II: Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art and the Woman's Building
A prestigious team of scholars assembled in 2008-09 to research and write essays about the Woman's Building and assist in shaping the curatorial focus of this project. The visiting scholars are Vivien Fryd, Professor of Art History, Vanderbilt University; Alexandra Juhasz, Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer; Jennie Klein, Assistant Professor of Art History, Ohio University; Michelle Moravec, Assistant Professor of History, Rosemont College; and Jennifer Sorkin, Assistant Professor of critical studies, media and design, University of Houston, Texas. Additional essays by artist Cheri Gaulke and Meg Linton, OTIS Director of Galleries and Exhibitions.
ISBN 0930209222 / 192 pages

Editors: Meg Linton and Sue Maberry.
Both volumes were designed by artist Susan Silton and copyedited by Elisabeth Pulsinelli.




The Woman's Building and Feminist Art Education 1973-1991: A Pictorial Herstory
By Maria Karras and Marguerite Elliot, ©2011, 100 pages, $20.
Richly illustrated with personal reflections of many prominent writers and artists who built the community over the 18 years of the Woman's Building's existence.
Available at Amazon
Mother Art By Suzanne Siegel, Laura Silagi, Deborah Krall, ©2011, 102 pages, $20.
Documents the group who came together in 1973 to confront discrimination against artists who are mothers and went on to tackle a vast array of social and political issues in their art. The group was attacked by the press and politicians, including Ronald Reagan. Available at Amazon
Feminist Art Workers: A History By Cheri Gaulke, Laurel Klick, ©2012, 230 pages, $29.95
Explores the archives of this group founded in 1976 who used feminist education techniques and brought their work directly to a non-art audience through performance structures such as bus tours, floats, and phone calls to strangers. Available at Amazon
The Waitresses Unpeeled: Performance Art and Life By Jerri Allyn, Anne Gauldin, ©2011, 138 pages, $20
Chronicles the group founded in 1977 who drew upon their own waitressing experiences and incorporated research about working women, then moved out of the gallery to perform in restaurants and on the streets.
Available at Amazon
Sisters Of Survival
By Jerri Allyn, Anne Gauldin, Cheri Gaulke, Sue Maberry, 138 pages, $20
Tracks the history of the anti-nuclear performance art group founded in 1981 who clothed themselves in rainbow-colored nun's habits and toured Western Europe to network with artists and activists.
Available at Amazon