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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.


Portfolio Magazine

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Alexey Brodovitch was the art director for several magazines, including Portfolio and Harper's Bazaar.

Portfolio Magazine

Location: Special Collections

This short lived magazine of the early 1950s is often considered the best work of Alexey Brodovitch, an art director who is said to have changed the nature of magazine design.

Issue #2 has an embossed cover, bound-in wallpaper sample, several fold-outs and the highest quality printing available in the early 1950s. Contents include: Articles on Charles Coiner, the Amazing Vari-Typer, and Advertising Art in 1900, and a feature article on Charles and Ray Eames. Cover art is a kite design by the Eames.

Issue #3 has articles on Hobo Signs (i.e., hobo graffiti) and stereoscopy with glasses included.

Harpers Bazaar

Location: Periodical Stacks

While art director at Harper's Bazaar from 1934-1958, Alexey Brodovitch was known for his asymmetrical layouts, white space and dynamic imagery. He worked with artists such as Man Ray, Richard Avedon, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The Library also owns a nearly complete run of Harper's Bazaar for this entire period.

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 2 cover

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 2: Embossed cover with
kite design by Charles and Ray Eames

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 3 cover

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 3: Cover

Four Harper's Bazaar covers

Four Harper's Bazaar covers

Portfolio magazine spread on Giambattista

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 1: Spread on Giambattista Bodoni

Portfolio magazine spread on stereoscopy

Portfolio vol.1 no. 3: Spread on stereoscopy with glasses included

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, April 1941

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, April 1941

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, June 1938

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, June 1938