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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.


Finding Articles in Periodicals

In the Otis College Library periodicals (magazines, newspapers, journals) are not all found in the same place. The most recent issues of the periodicals are located in the special display racks straight ahead as you enter the library. Bound periodicals for back issues from 1990 to the present are shelved alphabetically by title on the shelves in the northwest corner of the library. Older bound periodicals are stored in the Annex and must be paged by the Circulation Staff. It will take a few minutes or hours to have the material brought to the Circulation Desk. For a list of Otis subscriptions, click here.

Full-Text Databases

A growing number of back issues of many periodicals are not kept by the library at all, but are still available to you in digital form through the Otis online subscription databases. In addition, there are a growing number of newspapers and magazines to which Otis has never subscribed, but are now available through full-text databases. Full-text articles may or may not include the images and graphs.

How to Locate Periodical Articles

There are several ways to locate periodical articles, but one way is to search periodical indexes. You must first find the citation information - title of magazine, date of publication, and page number. An abstract may be added to the citation. Reading the abstract will assist you in determining whether the article is worth retrieving.

Most are now available online in periodical databases. The Otis Library subscribes to many databases. Access to online databases is available from any computer on campus and from home through the Proxy Server. Your Xnumber and password are required for off-campus access.

For more guides to research and finding articles, take a look at this excellent guide:

Finding Periodicals and Periodical Articles from Cornell University