• Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton


Video Resources

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Video Resources at Otis

Kanopy Streaming
NEW! Kanopy Streaming currently offers over 26,000 films from over 800 leading producers such as Criterion Collection, New Day Films, The Great Courses, PBS, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, and launches over 500 new release films every month.

Millard Sheets Library Catalog

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

Check the New Videos List AA = Art and Artists
Includes films about specific artists, designers, movements, museums, and cultures.
I = Instructional
How to videos. Includes videos on yoga, paper-making, and English grammar.

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

M = Music
Includes music videos, concert films, operas, and biographies of musicians. Arranged by artist/composer/band and title.

  AN = Animation
Includes animated films, compilations, television shows, and documentaries.
O = Otis
Events at Otis, including fashion shows, commencemences, senior shows, Foundation Forward, and artist and designer lectures.
  D = Documentary
Includes non-fiction features, shorts, and television shows.
T = Television
Includes television series, miniseries, and some made-for-tv movies. Arranged by title.
  F = Features
Includes feature, direct to video, and other narrative films, shorts compilations, and more.
V = Video and Experimental Film
Includes feature length and anthologies of video and experimental film. Arranged by artist and title.
  Video Hold Shelf
Located at the Circulation Desk, videos on reserve for courses are usually available for in-library use only. How to reserve an Otis video for a class

Read the Collection Development Policy
Suggest a Video
Usage Guide for Online Resources (Copyright Issues)

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 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.


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