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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.


Chava Danielson

Chava Danielson
Adjunct Professor

MArch, Harvard Graduate School of Design; BA, UC Berkeley


Chava Danielson, AIA, is a Principal of DSH // architecture, a practice with specialties in education and work with non-profit organizations alongside significant residential projects at a range of scales. Her research and professional interests gravitate toward the ends of the spectrum, issues of geometry and projection on one hand and a passion and responsibility surrounding architecture's place in the urban context, on the other.

She has taken the lead on DSH's educational work with the Larchmont Schools, St. James' preschool and projects with the non-profit organization Para Los Niños. The Larchmont Charter High School at Lafayette Park is an adaptive reuse of the former New York Life Headquarters building by Welton Becket in the Mid Wilshire district of Los Angeles. The project is a contribution to the revitalization of a once-central urban corridor while also continuing DSH's forward-looking approach to historic preservation established with the award-winning rehabilitation of Rudolph Schindler’s Bubeshko Apartments.

Other recent projects include the Para Los Niños Family Therapeutic Center, an adaptive reuse of warehouse structures in skid row that incorporates a block long façade treatment and branding program.

Danielson is an Adjunct Professor in the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design, where she teaches Design Studio and courses in Urban History and Theory. In 2013, she served as the chair of the Political Outreach Committee of the AIA Los Angeles, has served as a Director for the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and was a founding board member of the Larchmont Charter Schools.

  • AIACC Merit Award for Architecture, 2010 Los Angeles
  • Conservancy Preservation Award, 2010
  • Residential Architect Design Award, 2010
  • AIA Los Angeles Design Honor Award, 2009
  • Residential Architect, Form Magazine, Dwell, L.A. TImes Pro Portfolio Little Tokyo Design Week 2011: 2636 Residence featured in "Tokyo/LA Houses"