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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.


Love in a Cemetery

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

"LOVE IN A CEMETERY" PRESENTED BY OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN AND 18TH STREET ARTS CENTER, Young Artists Explore the Future of L.A. Culture with Activist Artist Andrea Bowers, Multi-Community Visual Arts Project Opens to the Public January 23
Love In A Cemetery

LOS ANGELES –  December 28, 2009 -- Otis Public Practice Studio, in partnership with the 18th Street Arts Center, presents "Love in a Cemetery," an unprecedented visual arts learning laboratory led by L.A.-based visual artist Andrea Bowers and curator Robert Sain. Young artists from Otis and community organizations throughout Los Angeles are participating in an exploration of aesthetics, pedagogy, and the cultural politics of the city’s arts organizations. The project continues through March 2010 with open classrooms led by Sally Tallant from the Serpentine Gallery in London,Otis Artist in Residence Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses, artist Martha Rosler, and representatives of L.A. cultural organizations. Guest artist Olga Koumoundouros will create a sculptural installation for the exhibition.

Allan Kaprow wrote, “Life in a museum is like making love in a cemetery,” metaphorically equating a museum with the lifelessness of a cemetery. “The same could be said for classrooms,” says Bowers who is also an Otis Public Practice faculty member. The Love in a Cemetery project features a unique take on art as examination, as investigation into the future of cultural organizations, including art schools and community-based activist groups in the same learning circle as the high-profile museums of Los Angeles. Sain, founding director of the innovative LACMALab, considers the opportunity and obligation for arts organizations to be socially responsible in an age of diminished resources and uncertainty. With this in mind, Otis students are creating projects involving the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic, Surfrider Foundation, Pico Youth and Family Center, My Friends’ Place, Homies Unidos, Berda Paradise Thrift Store, and Norco Rehabilitation/Medium Security Correctional Facility.

The Otis MFA Public Practice Program, located at the 18th Street Art Center, offers young artists a rigorous study of theory and practice in the context of this thriving Los Angeles cultural center. The highlight is a yearly artist-led project, such as this one by Bowers, Sain, and arts administrator Pauline Kanako Kamiyama. Young artists entering the Public Practice Program engage immediately in an artist-driven collaborative project. In the past two years, Otis students worked in New Orleans with community activists including Houston-based artist Rick Lowe and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Manager Jessica Cusick, and in the small rural town of Laton in the Central Valley with Otis Public Practice Founding Chair Suzanne Lacy. “You’re an artist from the time you enter this program,” says Lacy, “and our location at the 18th Street Arts Center emphasizes our commitment to being out there in L.A. doing community work. Projects such as this one demonstrate the reciprocal pedagogy at the heart of public practice, where everyone is a teacher, and everyone a learner.”

By transforming its exhibition space into a laboratory and classroom where all participants engage in visual production and public programming, 18th Street Arts Center’s main gallery becomes a space for civic engagement, experimentation, presentation and discourse. In keeping with their theme for 2010, Status Report: The Creative Economy, Artistic Director Clayton Campbell says, “The economy, selected as a theme prior to the worldwide banking contraction, is now even more relevant as artists like Andrea Bowers proactively develop new strategies to address the dislocation of resources and entitlement by responding to a market system that privileges some while discarding others.”

"Love in a Cemetery" opens to the public with a reception at 7pm (until 10pm) on Saturday, January 23rd at the 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St, Santa Monica. The exhibition continues through March 26th. Young artists collaborating on this project include Jamie Crooke, Rachael Filsinger, Gabrielle Levine, Rodrigo Marti, Felicia Montes, David Russell, Ella Tetrault, Carmen Uriarte. Their project reports can be viewed at archive.otis.edu/loveinacemetery.

Additional information available at www.18thstreet.org and also at http://archive.otis.edu/calendar or by calling 310 846-2610.



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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.