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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.


Graduate Writing Book List

Fall 2012 Graduate Writing
Mandatory Book List for Students Registered in the Following Courses

CRN 30738 WRIT 650A — Seminar in Literary Translation — Guy Bennett
Biguenet, Schulte (Eds.) Theories of Translation Univ. of Chicago Press 226048713
CRN 30739 WRIT 750A — Literary Seminar — "OULIPO" — Douglas Messerli
Harry Matthews, Alastair Brotchie (Eds.) Oulipo Compendium Atlas Press 0-9743554-3-7
Harry Matthews The Journalist Dalkey Archive 978-1564781659
Tom La Farge 13 Writhing Machines Vol.1 Administrative Assemblages Proteotypes 978-0-9800001-8-1
Tom La Farge Vol. 2 Homomorphic Converters Proteotypes 978-0-9800001-9-1
Tom La Farge Vol. 3 Echo Alternators Proteotypes 978-0-9827234-1-8
Georges Perec Life A User's Manual David R. Godine 978-0879237516
Walter Abish Alphabetical Africa New Directions 978-0811205337
Jacques Roubaud The Great Fire of London Dalkey Archive 978-1564783967
Raymond Queneau Exercises in Style New Directions 978-0811207898
Gilbert Sorrentino Gold Fools Green Integer 978-1892295675
Ian Monk Family Archeology Make Now Press 978-0974355412
Jacques Jouet Mountain R Dalkey Archive 978-1564783301
Italo Calvino Invisible Cities Harvest Books 156453800
CRN 30740 WRIT 750B — Literary Seminar — "Political Fictions" — Peter Gadol
Ward Just Jack Gance Mariner Books 978-0395856024
Joan Didion Democracy Vintage 978-0679754855
Joan Didion Political Fictions Vintage 978-0375718908
Norman Mailer Miami and the Siege of Chicago NYRB Classics 978-1590172964
Anonymous Primary Colors Random House 978-0812976472
Philip Roth I Married a Communist Vintage 978-0375707216
Milan Kundera The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Harper Perennial 978-0060932145
Yan Lianke Serve the People! Grove 0802170446
JM Coetzee Waiting for the Barbarians Penguin 978-0143116929
Talbo and Marcos The Uncomfortable Dead Akashic Books 978-1933354897
Curtis Sittenfeld American Wife Random House 978-0812975406
CRN 30741 WRIT 750C — Literary Seminar — Dennis Phillip
Nicholas Piombino Contradicta: Aphorisms Green Integer Books 978-1933382487
Doug Kearney The Black Automaton Fence Magazine, Inc. 978-1934200285
Jacques Roubaud Poetry, etcetera: Cleaning House, Guy Bennett translator Green Integer Books 978-1933382531
Mohammed Dib L.A. Trip: A Novel in Verse, Paul Vangelisti translator Green Integer Books 978-1615549276
Laura Mullen Dark Archive Univ. of California Press 978-0520268869
Luxorious Opera Omina, Art Beck translator Otis Books/Seismicity Editions 9780984528967
Martha Ronk Vertigo Coffee House Press 978-1566892056
Cole Swenson Gravesend Univ. of California Press 978-0520273177