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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 and December 2006

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter November — December 2006

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



Grad SO JUNG KWON was invited to present a New Media performance work at the First Reno Interdisciplinary Festival of New Media'caat the University of Reno, Nevada from November 9 to December 15, 2006.


Kuratorisk Aktion (alum TONE NIELSEN)  and NIFCA, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, have launched  the Rethinking Nordic Colonialism documentation on DVD and Website. Both document the rich body of aesthetic and theoretical reflections generated during the exhibition project Rethinking Nordic Colonialism: A Postcolonial Exhibition Project in Five Acts, which took place in Iceland, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, and Finnish Sopmi earlier this year.


Grad NATALIE HENDERSON-ALTON and four other artists involved with organizing last summer's Super/Sonic exhibitions wrote an article-interview for'caNY-Arts Magazine, Nov. Dec. 2006. 


The group exhibition Alternate Routes at Sam Francis'caGallery at Crossroads School that includes the work of alum ERIC MEDINE was reviewed by Peter Frank in LA WEEKLY's Pick of the Week Nov. 10-16, 2006.


Grad TAMI DEMAREE'S one person show was the Artforum critic pick "http://www.artforum.com/.../section=la#picks12070


Graduate faculty ROY DOWELL is in an exhibition at the Palmer Museum in Pennsylvania called Couples' Discourse, currently on view.  He is also finishing his work for MetroLink station in Canoga Park scheduled for completion December 15, 2006.


Graduate faculty ANNETTA KAPON was awarded a four-month artist residency (Jan-April 2007) and one-person show at CAMAC, Marnay Sur Seine, an art center near Paris, in France.


Grad MICHI COLACCICO'S work will be included in the group exhibition "ACCESS: A Feminist Perspective" at Rhonda Schaller Studio in Chelsea, NYC, from JANUARY 18 - FEBRUARY 10, 2007.


The work of alum CHRIS OATEY will be shown in a three person show at See Line Gallery in Santa Monica from December 16 to January 27, 2007.


Alum JESSE BENSON is in a two person exhibition at Wolf Suite Gallery in New Haven Connecticut from  December 14 to January 7, 2007.


Alums ANNIE BUCKLEY and MARY YOUNAKOF are in It Figures, curated by Christina Newhouse, at the Torrance Art Museum from January 13 to March 10, 2007.