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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Portfolio Magazine

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Alexey Brodovitch was the art director for several magazines, including Portfolio and Harper's Bazaar.

Portfolio Magazine

Location: Special Collections

This short lived magazine of the early 1950s is often considered the best work of Alexey Brodovitch, an art director who is said to have changed the nature of magazine design.

Issue #2 has an embossed cover, bound-in wallpaper sample, several fold-outs and the highest quality printing available in the early 1950s. Contents include: Articles on Charles Coiner, the Amazing Vari-Typer, and Advertising Art in 1900, and a feature article on Charles and Ray Eames. Cover art is a kite design by the Eames.

Issue #3 has articles on Hobo Signs (i.e., hobo graffiti) and stereoscopy with glasses included.

Harpers Bazaar

Location: Periodical Stacks

While art director at Harper's Bazaar from 1934-1958, Alexey Brodovitch was known for his asymmetrical layouts, white space and dynamic imagery. He worked with artists such as Man Ray, Richard Avedon, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The Library also owns a nearly complete run of Harper's Bazaar for this entire period.

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 2 cover

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 2: Embossed cover with
kite design by Charles and Ray Eames

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 3 cover

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 3: Cover

Four Harper's Bazaar covers

Four Harper's Bazaar covers

Portfolio magazine spread on Giambattista

Portfolio vol. 1 no. 1: Spread on Giambattista Bodoni

Portfolio magazine spread on stereoscopy

Portfolio vol.1 no. 3: Spread on stereoscopy with glasses included

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, April 1941

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, April 1941

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, June 1938

Spread from Harper's Bazaar, June 1938