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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.


November 2013

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Compiled by Annetta Kapon

SOFIA LONDONO and grad MARCELA GOTTARDO showed The Inside of the
Outside at the Proxy Gallery in Culver City November 4-30, 2013.
Visiting FLARE artist DOMINIQUE GILLIOT showed A Handle, an Object and
Several Dismissed ideas at the Proxy Gallery from November 1 to November 15, 2013.
Visiting FLARE artist SABRINA SOYER showed her sound piece Neighbor in the Night Labor at the Proxy Gallery from November 15 to November 30, 2013.
Alum WAKANA KIMURA '11 is in a group show at George J. Doizaki Gallery at The JACCC in Los Angeles November 23 to December 22, 2013.
Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON, and alums BRIDGET KANE '12 And CALVIN PHELPS '03 made posters for Margin Release Right curated by Kio Griffith at West LA College Gallery from October 17 to November 7, 2013.
Alum EDITH BEAUCAGE '10 is in a group exhibition LA Taste opening March 14, 2014 at the Chinese American Museum.
Visiting FLARE artist DOMINIQUE GILLIOT did a performance ESCAPISM,
Graduate faculty BENJAMIN WEISSMAN and YUTAKA SONE have an exhibition What Every Snowflake Knows in Its Heart at Santa Monica Museum of Art from Nov 21, 2013 to Apr 5, 2014
Assembly, 2045 S. La Cienega Blvd, launched Alum JESSE BENSON'S book The Benefit of Friends Collected on Nov 24, 2013.It includes alum artists and writers JESSE BENSON '03, LUIS G. HERNANDEZ '03, MOLLY COREY '01, MATT MACFARLAND '03, STEVEN BANKHEAD '01, JACOB MELCHI '03, TOM NORRIS '02, CHRIS OATEY '06, SAM WATTERS '02, ED GOMEZ '03, OTINO CORSANO '00, and grad faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS.
Alum MICHAEL BRUNSWICK'S 07 exhibition at the Gusford gallery was reviewed in LifeinLA by Tasha Moore in November 2013.
Highland House presents the group exhibition Hostile Hospitality, curated by Christy Roberts from November 23 to December 21, 2013. Artists include alums MATTHEW CARTER '10 and ALEXANDER KROLL '08.
LM Projects produced a special edition bookwork by graduate faculty KORI NEWKIRK called Sometimes Always Perhaps Never. Interwoven throughout are excerpts of informal conversations with alum CHRIS OATEY '06 among others.
Alum JESSE BENSON '03 has a solo exhibition Outclassed at Campbell Hall Gallery in Los Angeles from November 21 2013 to January 10 2014.
Alum LORENZO HURTADO SEGOVIA '07 has a solo exhibition "Ni tanto que queme al santo, ni tanto que lo lo alumbre"at CB1 Gallery from December 15 2013 to January 26, 2014.