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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.


Visiting Lecture Series

This is a weekly lecture series where artists, theorists, and curators present their own work and discuss it with the graduate student community. The Graduate Fine Arts Lecture Series takes place at the MFA Studios in Culver City.

Spring 2015

Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia
Rodney McMillan
Jason E. Smith
Abigail Reynolds
Chris Kraus
Anna Craycroft
Harry Dodge
Torbjorn Rodland
Angie Bray
Jeff Guess
Renee Van Trier
Taisha Pagett & Ashely Hurt
Julika Rudelius
Milena Bonilla
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Analia Saban



John Tain
Martin McGeown
Dara Birnbaum
Shizu Saldamando
Lisa Lapinski
Joshua Callaghan
Amir Fallah
Jennifer West
Denise Spampinato
Judith Barry
Amalia Ulman


FALL 2014

Warren Nedich
Jan Brandt
Tosh Berman
Alice Konitz
Fritz Haeg
Jennifer Steinkamp
Paradise Garage
Silke Otto-Knapp
Phillip Zach
Monica Majoli
Steve Roden


FALL 2013

Derek Boshier
Serge Baghdassarians and Boris Baltschun
Steven Hull
Blake Rayne
George Porcari
Mark Leckey
Sherin Gurguis
Lara Schnitger
Anna Sew Hoy
Denise Spampinato
Adriana Lara
Charles Gaines
Wu Tsang