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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.



Cesar Garcia – Director and Chief Curator, The Mistake Room
Glenn Kaino – contemporary artist
Kris Kuramitsu – Deputy Director and Senior Curator, The Mistake Room

In conjunction with Otis’ Creative Action program, Big City Forum presents a series of four discussions featuring individuals who reinvent social space and redefine how we engage with each other.

The third panel scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd highlights the story behind The Mistake Room, LA’s new independent non-profit cultural institution devoted to an international program of contemporary art and thought. Founder, lead curator, and artist will discuss their collaborative process and the motivations behind developing this experimental site for creative engagement

Cesar Garcia is the Founding Director and Chief Curator of The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA. A curator, writer and educator, Garcia formerly served as the Associate Director and Senior Curator of LA> Made in L.A. 2012 --the first Los Angeles Biennial organized by the Hammer Museum and LA> Superclogger (2010); Tijuana artist Marcos Ramirez ERRE's retrospective at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (with co-curator Kevin Power, 2011); a re-staging of Mark di Suvero's Artist's Tower of Protest for the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival (2012); the United States debut of Egyptian artist Wael Shawky's Cabaret Crusades at the Hammer Museum (2013); and artist Oscar Murillo's first institutional solo show in the United States, Distribution Center, at The Mistake Room (2014). Garcia has written extensively for art publications and museum catalogues, lectures frequently, and has served on various advisory and selection committees for foundations and international exhibitions. Currently Garcia is organizing artist Eduardo Sarabia's mid-career survey, slated to open in May 2014 at the Centro Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara; Thai-artist Korakrit Arunanondchai's first Los Angeles solo show, slated to open at The Mistake Room in July 2014; and the Spring 2015 International Artist Residency round at Artpace, San Antonio.

Glenn Kaino (b. 1972, Los Angeles) received his BFA from the University of California, Irvine, in 1993 and his MFA from the University of California, San Diego, in 1996. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including “Glenn Kaino:19.83,” at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, “Glenn Kaino: Safe|Vanish,” at LA>

Kris Kuramitsu is the Deputy Director and Senior Curator of The Mistake Room, Los Angeles and the Associate Director for Artis in Los Angeles. She has served as the Director of Special Projects at LA> Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival at venues across Los Angeles County and Made in LA at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park; Programs Director for Creative Link for the Arts, New York; the Curator for the Collections of Eileen and Peter Norton, and for the Collection of Eileen Harris Norton; and as the Arts Programs Director for the Peter Norton Family Foundation. In addition, she has consulted for non-profit arts organizations and foundations such as United States Artists and the California Community Foundation. Currently, Kuramitsu is organizing an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Mike Kanemitsu that will open at The Mistake Room in September 2014. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Pomona College and an M.A. in Art History from UCLA. 

Big City Forum Panel Discussion
7:00PM - 8:30PM Ahmanson Hall Forum
2014-04-22 19:00 2014-04-22 20:30
Big City Forum Panel Discussion
7:00PM - 8:30PM | Ahmanson Hall Forum
9045 Lincoln Blvd L.A. 90045