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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.


Newsletter November 2012

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter November 2012

Compiled by Annetta Kapon
See also the current newsletter and the newsletter archive.

Alum ALEX DONIS’S ‘94 work Floating World will be exhibited at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library from November 13, 2012 though January 18, 2013.

Alum JANET JENKINS ‘94 exhibited her work in the group exhibition Organic/ Synthetic, at the Glendale College Art Gallery, from September 22 to November 10, 2012. Curated by JANET JENKINS.

Grad Faculty and Assistant Chair ANNETA KAPON showed her video My German Vocabulary in A Virtual Memorial Warsaw 2012 at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival in Poland from October 25-30, 2012.

Alum ALEXANDER KROLL ‘08 has a one person exhibition The Florist, The Loquat and Yes at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles from November 18, 2012 – January 6, 2013. Kroll’s interview Abstraction And Nature with Kyle Fitzpatrick was published Los Angeles I’m Yours on November 12, 2012.

Paris-based artist JEFF GUESS completed a two week residency as a guest of Otis GFA dept. from November 4 to November 18. His residency was partly supported by Ceci n’est pas… a project initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in association with the Institut Français, with the support of the Alliance Française of Los Angeles.

Alum MARY YOUNAKOF ‘06 had a one-person exhibition at the Pacific Design Center in November 2012.

Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY ‘03 participated in CRITOLOGY, curated by Ron Laboray at the Pacific Design Center at B255 from October 13 to November 15, 2012.

Sandberg alum ARNAR ASGEIRSSON ‘12 was selected for the 2013 Otis/Sandberg Residency Exchange Fellowship. He will be at Otis March 1 to May 1 2013, while SCOTT RABY ‘12 will be in Amsterdam at the same time.

The Mexicali Biennial of 2013 is curated by alums ED GOMEZ and LUIS HERNANDEZ. It will take place at the Vincent Price Art Museum from January 19 to April 13, 2013 and it includes alums SERGIO BROMBERG’10, HELEN CAHNG ‘05, MATTHEW CARTER ‘10, MATT MACFARLAND ‘03 and FLAVIA MONTEIRO ‘12.