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    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
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    Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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    National Arts Club
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  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
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  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event
    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.
    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.
    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm


Ray DiPalma, The Ancient Use of Stone: Journals and Daybooks, 1998–2008


There’s nothing here to be measured
– simply take your share. Pensa, lettor.
The rift in perspective – a record of intuitive endeavors
serendipitous at the graft – limned by the eye.
Blood on the chain, a form of motion
written in black and blue, the body means to go back.
Verticals stagger and extend the spiral
– resisting the pull of gravity, slicing
a disputed form into gestures. Said
– to be – said to be, seen. Said to be.
Argot, hieroglyphics, and the play of appearances,
micromass of all sorts. Tilt of lens,
shape and angle of mirror, light caught in the bevel
from the torch of Phlegyas. Prenda, lettor.

Born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in 1943, Ray DiPalma received his BA from Duquesne University and his MFA from the University of Iowa. From 1968–1975 he taught poetry at Bowling Green University and moved to New York in 1975. Author of more than forty books of poetry, DiPalma has also published many editions of visual work, including one-of-a-kind artist’s books, sound texts, collages and prints. Among his earlier published collections are January Zero (1984), Raik (1989), Numbers and Tempers (1993), Hôtel des ruines (1993), Provocations (1994), Le tombeau de Reverdy (1998), Letters (1998) and Gnossiennes (2005). His most recent books include L’Usage ancien de la pierre (Editions Greges, 2007), Quatre poèmes (Editions Comp’Act, 2006; both translated by Vincent Dussol), and Caper (with Paul Vangelisti; ML & NLF, Piacenza, 2006). He lives in New York City and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.


  • ISBN: 978-0-9796177-5-1
  • Price:$14.95
  • Published 2009
  • 213 pages

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