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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.


Influential Author, Journalist, and Cultural Critic Diedrich Diederichsen to Speak in Los Angeles

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310-665-6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu

Visiting critic at Otis College of Art Design will give a free public lecture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Diedrich Diedrichsen
Author, journalist, and cultural critic Diedrich Diederichsen

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 05, 2012

Otis College of Art Design’s Fine Art Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Santa Monica College Art Department present:


Thursday, November 8, 7:30pm.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Bing Auditorium.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


The lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are required:
Call 323 857-6010 or reserve online at http://www.lacma.org/programs/education/talks-courses

Additional information available at http://www.otis.edu/calendar or by calling 310-665-6885.

Diedrich Diederichsen is the visiting critic in Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design this semester. Celebrated writer, journalist, and critic whose articles and texts have been published in "Texte zur Kunst", "Artforum", and "Frieze", he was editor-in-chief of the influential subculture magazine "Spex" until the 1990s. Diederichsen will explore the impact of the artist Mike Kelley and the post-Kelley world of class, culture, and rebellion.

“Twenty years ago I came for the first time to stay and teach in Los Angeles, introduced to it, among others, by Mike Kelley. I experienced a specific relation between sub and micro-cultures and art institutions that was different from what I knew in Europe and the U.S. East Coast. The traditional pessimistic attitude - institutions seen as the graveyard of subcultures - or the cynical position that we all will be outgrowing subcultural and self-organized forms of practice and have to make a living were countered here by specific ideas of the local and of institutions as territory to be defended. What is left of this impression today - in Los Angeles and in the world in times of cuts and privatizations - and after Mike Kelley?” - Diedrich Diederichsen

Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu.


Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Adobe, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.

Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; the Graduate Studios are in nearby Culver City, and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.