• 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

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

  • Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique.

  • McFetridge is a artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, ‘an all round visual auteur’. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. 


Marlena Donohue: 2007 TLC Technology Grant Report


I received a technology grant of $1500 to set up, manage and edit an on-going a cyber based Art History and Theory journal called ArtBytes [ - no longer available]. This in house cyber journal permits faculty affiliated with Otis College of Art and Design to publish articles in an electronic format which can be shared with our faculty and student community. Many scholarly and pop culture journals have moved to on-line and electronic formats for reasons of ease and ecology. Otis is on the cutting edge of this trend with our cyber journal called ArtBytes. The journal accepts for consideration articles and review in Art History and Critical Theory. The time frame its content covers is ancient culture to post modernity. Articles are selected and edited by Marlena Donohue, an Otis Liberal Studies Associate Professor with more than 20 years of work as an Arts Editor and Critic.

This journal publishes articles and reviews of exhibitions and books written by Otis faculty for use by our academic community and students. ArtBytes will also be accessible on the worldwide web with the other Otis generated electronic materials. Articles reflect areas of particular interest to Otis faculty. For example, Adam Berg teaches classes on critical theory and contributed an article on Walter Benjamin delivered as a paper in Rome, Italy; Marlena Donohue teaches, curates and publishes in the area of Feminist theory, and posted an article on Feminist Performance which she assigned to her Spring 2008 class on “Kaprow, Happenings and Performance Art.” The benefit is that Otis students are able to read, research and cite articles written by their faculty in an in-house format they are comfortable with. Faculty may assign ArtBytes articles as part of their curricula. This creates valuable interconnections between independent faculty research, class content and Otis students; it presents Otis faculty to colleagues and students as active, on-going critical thinkers.

A goal for the future is to edit and post publication-quality essays/articles by Otis Senior students; these student submissions can be used to practice writing, research, critical thinking skills, and life-long learning goals woven into the College and Liberal Studies mission statements. WASC may access ArtBytes as an on going and tangible measure of our active pedagogic models and use of technology.

--Marlena Donohue
Liberal Arts and Sciences

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