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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.




The Living Principles, a web for the global design community to co-create, share and showcase best practices, tools, stories and ideas for sustainable design across all disciplines.

Life Cycle Analysis: An Introduction to Sustainable Practice for Artists and Designers, a PowerPoint by Randy Lavender

Design is the problem (cover) FutureFashion (cover) Designer's atlas (cover) Earth friendly graphics (cover)


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Title: Product design in the sustainable era
Author: Reis, Dalcacio.
Call Number: TS171.4 R453 2010

Title: Green living : architecture and planning
Author: Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment.
Call Number: NA2542.36 P75 2010

Title: Eco fashion
Author: Brown, Sass.
Call Number: GT521 B76 2010

Title: Thinking, objects : contemporary approaches to product design
Author: Parsons, Tim.
Call Number: TS171

Title: Sustainable textiles : life cycle and environmental impact
Call Number: TS1446 S87 2009

Title: Social responsibility in the global apparel industry
Author: Dickson, Marsha Ann.
Call Number: HD60 D485 2009

Title: Packaging sustainability : tools, systems, and strategies for innovative package design
Author: Jedlicka, Wendy, 1959-
Call Number: TS195.6 J44 2009

Title: Designing sustainable packaging
Author: Boylston, Scott, 1963-
Call Number: TS195.4 .B69 2009

Title: Design is the problem : the future of design must be sustainable
Author: Shedroff, Nathan.
Call Number: TS171.4 S54 2009

Title: Design futuring : sustainability, ethics, and new practice
Author: Fry, Tony.
Call Number: NK1510 F77 2009

Title: Sustainable fashion : why now? : a conversation about issues, practices, and possibilities
Call Number: TT497 S87 2008

Title: Fashion & sustainability: design for change
Call Number: TT515 F437 2012

Title: Green homes : dwellings for the 21st century
Author: Rooney, E. Ashley.
Call Number: NA7117.5 .R66 2008

Title: FutureFashion white papers
Description: xi, 287 p. ; 20 cm.
Call Number: TT497 F87 2007

Title: The designer's atlas of sustainability
Author: Thorpe, Ann.
Call Number: HC79 E5 T486 2007 (and ebook)

Title: Sustainable by design : explorations in theory and practice
Author: Walker, Stuart, 1955-
Call Number: TS170.5 W45 2006

Title: Edens lost & found : how ordinary citizens are restoring our great cities
Call Number: HT175 E34 2006

Title: Earth-friendly graphics LOHAS : lifestyles of health and sustainability
Call Number: NC997 E25 2006

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