• Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

  • Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique.

  • McFetridge is a artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, ‘an all round visual auteur’. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. 



PALS 2013 Summit — Sessions open to students & faculty

October 2  & 3

Co-hosted by Otis College of Art and Design and Art Center College of Design

PALS Fellows from AICAD institutions across the US and Canada will convene for the fourth annual Summit. PALS leverages and shares resources among AICAD schools to collectively integrate sustainability into undergraduate and graduate art and design education.

Watch via Google Hangout – RSVP to


Wednesday, October 2nd — OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

1:30pm Ahmanson 102 (The Forum)


1:45 pm Welcome to Otis!

Kerry Walk, Provost & Michele Jaquis, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies


2:00 pm Keynote presentation Ezio Manzini via Google plus

Ezio Manzini is perhaps the world's leading expert on sustainable design, with a focus on scenario-building toward solutions encompassing both environmental and social quality.

He is professor of Industrial Design at Milan Polytechnic, as Director of CIRIS (the Interdepartmental Centre for Research on Innovation for Sustainability), where he focuses on innovative processes in the system of production and consumption and, in particular, on the relationship between product strategies and environmental policies in the perspective of sustainable development.

Manzini is the author of several design books, including The Material of Invention, Artifacts: Towards a New Ecology of the Artificial Environment, and Solid Side: The Search for Consistency in a Changing World (with Marco Susani). His recent book, Sustainable Everyday envisions what life might be like in a sustainable society, putting forth possible scenarios and workable alternatives.


2:30pm Otis Panel

Individual presentations and discussion following
Rich Shelton, Director of Creative Action/Integrated Learning
Lara Hoad, Creative Action & Sustainability Minor Faculty member
Rose Brantley, Fashion Design Chair


Thursday, October 3rd — ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

1:15 pm Art Center Panel

Individual presentations and discussion following
Mariana Amatullo, Vice President, designmatters
Marshall Hamachi, Director, Colors Materials Trends Exploration Lab
Daisuke Yamaguchi, Faculty & Advisor, EcoCouncil


2:15 pm Break


More info

Michele Jaquis, Otis Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and PALS Fellow

310-826-2632 /



October 02, 2013
October 05, 2013
Special Event
Partnership for Academic Leadership on Sustainability (PALS) Summit
October 02, 2013 -
October 05, 2013
2013-10-02 00:00 2013-10-05 00:00
Special Event
Partnership for Academic Leadership on Sustainability (PALS) Summit
Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, L.A. 90045