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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.


March 2014


Compiled by Annetta Kapon


Art Merge Lab presents Reconstruct, a group exhibition featuring grad BRYAN BANKSTON, from March 18 ­ April 25, 2014.

Alum AMANDA KATZ '12, DREW DUNLAP '06, MICHELLE CHONG '06, HELEN CAHNG '05, SHIVA ALIABADI '13 and grad ALLISON PECK took part in TIP THE WINK, curated by Short House at the Institute of Jamais Vu in London, Britain, March 8 -March 23, 2014. The exhibition is part of Project LOLA, an exchange among fourteen artist-run spaces in Los Angeles and London.

Grad ANDREW CURREY had his MFA thesis exhibition IN DEFENSE at the Bolsky Gallery from March 9 – March 18, 2014.

Grad Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL has a one-person exhibition New Paintings and Sculptures at Lennon Weinberg Gallery in New York from April 3 to May 3, 2014.

Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY'S '03  second edition of her photos "Hybrids"  can be found on the site of the DeSoto Gallery http://www.desotogallery.com/artists/annie-buckley/

Alum ERIC MEDINE '06 did a lecture and performance at Occidental College on March 6, 2014.

Grad BRYAN BANKSTON participated in the groupd exhibition RECONSTRUCT at Art Merge Lab in Los Angeles from March 18 - April 25, 2014

Alum ANA RODRIGUEZ '09 and grad ANDREW K. CURREY were part of THE 2014 WHITNEY HOUSTON BIENNIAL on March 9 in Brooklyn, NY

Graduate faculty BENJAMIN WEISSMAN participated in the Group Exhibition: CHERUB curated by Andrew Berardini and Brian Kennon at 2nd Cannons (Artmergelab.com) from March 22 - May 10, 2014.

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON showed her work in Inside the Quad (Freeway Studies #2) at the Ben Maltz Gallery from April 12 to July 27, 2014.

The work of Graduate Faculty JOHN KNIGHT is the subject of the book John Knight published by the MIT Press October Files in February 2014. Edited by André Rottmann with texts by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Anne Rorimer, Alexander Alberro, and Birgit Pelzer.

Grad AMANDA KATZ had her MFA Thesis exhibition Ideal Conditions in the Bolsky Gallery from April 26, to April 29, 2014.

What's Your Favourite Idea? is an exhibition of British artists organized by The Institute of Jamais Vu and Short House at the Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles from March 31st - April 5th, 2014

SUSANA RODRIGUEZ had a one person exhibition Lines of Escape at the Proxy Gallery March 1-31, 2014

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON showed her work in On Seeing Online organized by alum ANNIE BUCKLEY '03 at the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/annie-buckley/on-seeing-online_b_4994663.html

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON and alums BRIDGET KANE '12, SHALINI SANJAY PATEL '12,  LISA OXLEY '12, CALVIN PHELPS '03,  participated in Micol Hebron’s (en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project at For Your Art on view March 29­–April 25.  

Alum JOE SOLA '99 has a one person exhibition, American Sex Room and other Works at Blackston Gallery in New York from Apr 6th - May 18th, 2014

KATHRIN BURMESTER has a one person exhibition at the Proxy Gallery April 1-31, 2014.

Alum KATY COWAN with Scott Cowan have an exhibition FIFTH WALL at Elephant Art Space in Los Angeles from April 11 to April 30, 2014.