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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.


Advertising Arts Magazine

Advertising Arts Magazine

Location: Special Collections

The Library owns 14 issues of Advertising Arts from the early 1930s as well as several other early publications, such as Commercial Art and Alphabet and Image.

All quotes from "Advertising Arts: America Becomes Modern(istic)" by Steven Heller which was originally published in U&lc, Vol. 36, No.1, Summer 1999.

"Advertising Arts maintained a niche and succeeded in raising the level of design sophistication through advocacy of the "modernistic." And today, over sixty years later, it remains an important historical document in defining the evolution from work-a-day commercial art to sophisticated graphic design."

"When Advertising Arts made its debut during the Great Depression, the economy was at its nadir and desperation was at its zenith. Unless advertising and public relations men... could help resuscitate the economy, the nation would plummet further into the abyss - and with it the advertising industry."

"Advertising Arts promulgated a design fashion unique to the United States during the early 1930s, called the Streamline Style."

Special Collections materials are available for viewing by appointment with Library Director or Circulation Manager.

Advertising Arts May 1934 cover

May 1934 cover

Advertising Arts September 1934 cover

September 1934 cover

 I Believe in Design

"I Believe in Design"

 Here in Your Hand

"Here in Your Hand"


Galvanotype demo

 Horse Head Zinc

"Horse Head Zinc"