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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • 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.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Advertising Arts Magazine

Advertising Arts Magazine

Location: Special Collections

The Library owns 14 issues of Advertising Arts from the early 1930s as well as several other early publications, such as Commercial Art and Alphabet and Image.

All quotes from "Advertising Arts: America Becomes Modern(istic)" by Steven Heller which was originally published in U&lc, Vol. 36, No.1, Summer 1999.

"Advertising Arts maintained a niche and succeeded in raising the level of design sophistication through advocacy of the "modernistic." And today, over sixty years later, it remains an important historical document in defining the evolution from work-a-day commercial art to sophisticated graphic design."

"When Advertising Arts made its debut during the Great Depression, the economy was at its nadir and desperation was at its zenith. Unless advertising and public relations men... could help resuscitate the economy, the nation would plummet further into the abyss - and with it the advertising industry."

"Advertising Arts promulgated a design fashion unique to the United States during the early 1930s, called the Streamline Style."

Special Collections materials are available for viewing by appointment with Library Director or Circulation Manager.

Advertising Arts May 1934 cover

May 1934 cover

Advertising Arts September 1934 cover

September 1934 cover

 I Believe in Design

"I Believe in Design"

 Here in Your Hand

"Here in Your Hand"

 Galvanotype

Galvanotype demo

 Horse Head Zinc

"Horse Head Zinc"