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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.


Antonio Porta, Piercing the Page: Selected Poems: 1958–1989


Edited with an introduction by Gian Maria Annovi and an essay by Umberto Eco

Nothing behind the door, behind the curtain,
the fingerprint stuck on the wall, under it,
the car, the window, it stops, behind the curtain,
a wind that shakes it, a more obscure
stain on the black ceiling, a handprint,
he leaned on rising, nothing, pressing,
a silk handkerchief, the lamp swings,
a knot, the light, ink-spot,
on the floor, above the curtain, the scouring pad,
on the floor drops of sweat, rising,
the stain won’t rub out, behind the curtain,
the black silk of the handkerchief, shines on the ceiling,
the hand comes to rest, the fire in the hand,
a silk knot on the armchair, it shines,
wounded, now the blood on the wall,
the handkerchief’s silk waves a hand


Antonio Porta, pen name Leo Paolazzi, was born in Vicenza in 1935, but lived in Milan most of his life. In 1960 he published La Palpebra Rovesciata (The Eyelid Inside-Out) and was included in the seminal anthology I Novissimi (among such authors as A. Giuliani, E. Sanguineti, E. Pagliarani and N. Balestrini). One of the most important figures in the literary movement known as the “Neo-Avant-garde,” Porta was among the founders of Gruppo 63 and served on the editorial board of the avant-garde literary magazine Malebolge from 1963 to 1967. It is at this time that he began his experimentations with visual poetry. In addition, he wrote literary criticism for various newspapers and magazines, and taught literature at the Università di Bologna, the Università di Pavia and the Università di Roma, La Sapienza, as well as Yale University. He died of a heart attack in Milan in 1989.

Gian Maria Annovi was born in 1978. He holds a Degree in Philosophy and a Doctorate in Contemporary Italian Literature from the University of Bologna. He also studied at Universidad de Barcelona (Spain) and UCLA. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies at Columbia University and he is working on a volume about Italian writer, poet and director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Gian Maria has published three collections of poetry and several essays and translations in Italian and international journals. He writes for the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto.



  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9845289-5-0
  • ISBN-10: 0-9845289-5-4
  • Price: $14.95
  • Published 2012
  • 368 pages

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