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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.


Cake and Eat It

Nov 8, 2013
Spotlight Category: Alumni
Cake and Eat It
Graduate Public Practice

Kate Kershenstein + Addie Tinnell = Cake and Eat It

Cake and Eat it

Cake and Eat It creates works that deal with the underbelly of gift economy, fashion, anarchism, queer identities and radical unionism. Cake and Eat It has given away copious amounts of free clothes, thrown fashion shows in dingy dinge-holes, hosted anarchist variety shows and salons (yum yum), given away cursed gifts, staged riotous fashion marches, styled defendants for court, run a year-long free boutique and orchestrated an experimental opera tribute to Jean Genet. Their most recent work, Femme Strike, is an investigation into the cultural scripts that pervade radical political forms- the manifesto, the union hall, the picket, the strike. The project questions the utilitarian veneer of politics, instead seeking to elaborate femme methodologies and aesthetics to better mediate between affective bonds and bonds of political solidarity. Project iterations have so far included a series of femmed temporary union halls dispersed throughout Los Angeles, Opera Operaismo: A May Day Opera-As-Flying-Picket, and a forthcoming book exploring femme methods for organizing.

Kate Kershenstein

Kate Kershenstein is a Los Angeles based artist who has worked with painting, rituals, commercial design, fashion, street marches, theory, set design and massive piles of stuff to create work about gifting, femme as a methodology and egalitizing everything. She is a co-founder of the Cake and Eat It Collective. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art, and was a recipient of an undergraduate research grant for her painting; her studies there emphasized feminist and contemporary art. Kate has worked as a late-night convenience store clerk, a projectionist, a secretary, a gallery sales associate, a pizza chef, a soda fountain jerk, a museum education programs assistant, and as a department store cashier, while in the meantime gifting out thousands of items of clothes, going to meetings, making the stew for Food Not Bombs, and trying to make art about the potential for a post-hierarchy society. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and completed her Otis Public Practice M.F.A. in 2012.

Addie Tinnell

Addie Tinnell is an artist and organizer living and working in Los Angeles. She is a co-founder of Cake and Eat It and FTP Party and Gifts. She has a MFA in Public Practice from Otis and a BA in Anthropology and has studied gift economy, the history of queer anarchism and normativity in men’s fashion. Her work explores the themes of politics and aestheticization, femme and trans visibility, police brutality and the social construction of autonomous spaces. She has helped to organize demos, actions, community spaces, lending libraries, free schools and numerous benefit shows as well as the 2010 Bash Back Convergence and the LA Anarchist Bookfair. She was born in Conifer, Colorado.