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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.


Video Resources

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Video Resources at Otis

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Search the OPAC for specific titles, artists or subjects.
The circulating collection contains over 5,000 videos and DVDs arranged in sections:

Read the Collection Development Policy AA = Art and Artists
Includes films about specific artists, designers, movements, museums, and cultures.
F = Features
Includes feature, direct to video, and other narrative films, shorts compilations, and more.
Suggest a Video

AD = Advertising
Compilations of ads, including Clio awards winners by year.

I = Instructional
How to videos. Includes videos on yoga, paper-making, and English grammar.

Usage Guide for Online Resources (Copyright Issues) AN = Animation
Includes animated films, compilations, television shows, and documentaries.
M = Music
Includes music videos, concert films, operas, and biographies of musicians. Arranged by artist/composer/band and title.
  D = Documentary
Includes non-fiction features, shorts, and television shows.
O = Otis
Events at Otis, including fashion shows, commencemences, senior shows, Foundation Forward, and artist and designer lectures.
  DG = Digital Media
Instructional videos about software. Only available to Digital Media students.
T = Television
Includes television series, miniseries, and some made-for-tv movies. Arranged by title.
  Video Hold Shelf
Located at the Circulation Desk, videos on reserve for courses are usually available for in-library use only.
V = Video and Experimental Film
Includes feature length and anthologies of video and experimental film. Arranged by artist and title.

Free Video Resources on the Web

General Interest

Internet Archive's Moving Images Collection - Most items are in the public domain and can be downloaded. Includes classic feature films, news programs, animation, stock footage, and more.
  Prelinger Archives - Part of the Internet Archive, this collection concentrates on "ephemeral" films, e.g. educational, advertising, industrial, and amateur films. (We have some compilations of films from this collection in the DVD stacks)
  Vimeo - Video-sharing social networking site.
  YouTube - Check out the Otis Channel for videos produced at Otis.

Experimental and Video Art

ArtReview.com: Videos - Social networking site for the British magazine, includes professionally made videos, art, interviews, curators, etc., as well more amateur content.
  UbuWeb Film and Video - Watch videos by well-known artists on UBU. The site about the avant-garde and outsider arts also contains much more material including docunments, music and radio interviews.
  Video Data Bank - Archive of video art and includes free clips. Some items are cataloged in our video collection.

 Film and Television

American Archive of Public Broadcasting - New collection of historical content created by US publicly-funded radio and television.
  Channel 101 - It began as a place where failed network television pilots and series went to die, it has become the site to test new web series. Members vote on which series get "picked up."
  Hulu - Free collection. Contains full episodes, clips, and/or related materials of past and current television shows as well as feature films. (Only available within the United States)
  Movie Clips - Free collection; login optional. Contains over 12,000 clips from popular movies. Most clips can be embedded into blogs and websites.
  Network Websites - Many TV networks stream full episodes, previews, webisodes, and extra content directly from their websites, e.g. ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, CW, Fox, NBC, and TNT. Most include short commercial breaks. TV episodes are also available for sale from other sites, e.g. iTunes and Amazon Video on Demand, or from subscription services, e.g. Netflix.

History and Culture

American Memory Project - Powered by the Library of Congress, the site offers access to videos, images and documents of US history from different institutions.
  British Pathé - 85,000 newsreels from 1896-1976 created by British Pathé available on YouTube
  Calisphere - The California Digital Library offers this collection of images and videos of California history.
  Civil Rights Digital Library - Contains a plethora of primary sources, including images, sound and video.
  Screen Search Fashion - Thematic guide to 1920s-1930s UK fashion and dress via film.


Library Videos: Digital Media Section (DG) - The Otis Library houses many DVDs and CDs of software training, including tutorials produced by the Gnomon Workshop. (Available only to Digital Media students)
  Library Videos: Instructional (I) - The Otis Library has some how-to videos available for check-out.
  lyndaCampus - Collection of training videos and materials on popular software and hardware.