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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.


Public Practice

Recommended Websites

Community Arts Network -- "Promoting information exchange, research and critical dialogue within the field of community-based art"

inSite05 -- Network of contemporary art programs and commissioned projects that map the liminal border zone of San Diego-Tijuana.

Public Art Fund -- New York's leading presenter of artists' projects, new commissions, and exhibitions in public spaces

Public Art in L.A. -- Huge resource created by Ruth Wallach for the USC Libraries covering every aspect of the city's public art.

Public Art Review -- Journal focused on exploring the many dimensions of public art. Complete run in the Otis Library.

Public Art Web Links

Browsing the book stacks

HM   Sociology
HN   Social history and reform movements
N430-435   Art museums and the public
N6494 I56   Installation art
N6494 B63; NX456.5 P38; NX600 P47   Performance art
N8825+   Public art
NA9050.5-NA9053+   Public architecture, public space
ND2550+   Mural painting
NX180 A77   Artists and community
NX180 P64   Arts in relation to politics
NX180 S6   Arts in relation to society, culture
PN4193 I5   Storytelling

Searching the catalog by subject

Community arts projects
Public art
Artists and community
Performance art
Installations (Art)
Politics in art
Feminist art
Activist art