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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.


Otis on iTunes U FAQ

iTunes U

What is Otis on iTunes U?
Otis provides online access to a variety of digital audio and video podcasts we have created which is available via Apple's iTunes Music Store. The current content includes audio-only lectures and readings, enhanced podcasts, and videos of both Otis course material as well as other Otis community activites.

Who is in charge of uploading content?
The Teaching / Learning Center (TLC) is currently coordinating all content.

How do I find Otis on iTunes U?
You need to have iTunes on your computer. Follow this direct link.
After clicking on iTunes Store, click on drop-down menu on iTunes U name on top menu bar, choose Universities & Colleges, and then choose Otis College of Art and Design from alphabetical list.

Otis content is divided between two general areas: Otis Course Material and Otis Life. Click on any icon and you will be taken to the page listing all Podcasts for that class or subject area. Note: depending on your internet connection or computer speed, you may need to download the file first before viewing it.

How do I get a copy of iTunes?
Go to www.apple.com/itunes/download and download iTunes for free for either Macintosh or Windows. Double click on the downloaded file's icon and follow the instructions provided. Restart your computer and launch iTunes. You can also use the iTunes U app on iOS devices. To learn more about the Apple iTunes U program, visit their website.

Where can I get more support?
For an in depth iTunes tutorial, please visit http://www.apple.com/itunes/how-to/.

What if I have Windows? Can I still install iTunes?
Yes. Apple has Windows versions of iTunes available for free download off their website http://www.apple.com/itunes.

Will I have to pay to access Otis on iTunes U?
No. You may freely preview and download all of the content from Otis on iTunesU.

A search is not returning many Otis tracks. Is there something wrong?
The search function currently references the main iTunes Music Store. Otis on iTunes U tracks are catalogued separately, and thus will not be found in a search.

Can I access Otis on iTunes U directly without first opening a browser?
Yes. Simply launch your iTunes application, choose iTunes U, then choose Otis College of Art and Design.

The podcast has images, but they do not appear when I play it. How can I see them?
If available, go to View Options and click on the box for Show Artwork.

I can see other people's playlist in my iTunes. Did someone hack into my computer?
No. iTunes features the ability to stream other people's music from their playlists. You may not, however, transfer these files to your computer.

Can I connect my iPod to other people's computers and download their music?
No. Your iPod can only synch with one music library at a time. So unless you would like to completely reformat your iPod to synch to another computer, it cannot be done.

Will I be able to use other mp3 players with iTunes?
Yes and no. There is moderate support in iTunes for some 3rd Party players, but they will not be able to play AAC files (including songs from the iTunes Music Store). Apple offers a full line of iPod products and accessories which will give you the best digital experience.

For more iTunes support, visit http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/

I am a faculty member who created content for students. Any issues I should be aware of?
Faculty, please be advised that we need to keep in mind our services to disabled students. If you plan to assign a podcast, the Student Resource Center (SRC) will need a copy of the transcript on file.

Although these materials will probably fall under fair use, copyright on images, music and video may apply. Make sure that the content adheres to the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines.