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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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San Diego Art and Design Tour

San Diego Art & Design Tour
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 8 am - 7 pm

 

Experience San Diego’s vibrant art scene! Join Otis on our upcoming San Diego Art & Design Tour to explore renowned private art collections, artists’ studios, museums, galleries and more! Many of the stops on the tour are not open to the public, and all are private, guided tours designed specifically for Board and Patrons Circle members. Otis has reserved a block of rooms at the La Jolla Inn for Friday night.

Tour Itinerary:
 
   
Rare Opportunity to View World-Renowned Collectors Iris and Matt Strauss’ Premier Contemporary and Avant-Garde Collection
(not open to the public)
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    About the Collection: Featured as part of ARTNews’ 2012 200 Top Collectors’ edition, Iris and Matt Strauss’ collection is a must-see that includes 60 nationally and internationally recognized artists from 1980 to present and encompasses 20,000 square feet and two houses on seven acres in Rancho Santa Fe. Known as “Rancho del Arte,” the Iris and Matthew Strauss estate is a testament to the couples’ passion and commitment to the arts.
     
Behind-the-Scenes Tour by Renowned San Diego Artists Kim MacConnel and Jean Lowe of their Studios and Work 
(not open to the public)
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    About the Artists: Step inside Kim MacConnel’s and Jean Lowe’s secluded Encinitas pad. Their unconventional concrete-block house is a Ted Smith-designed looker with an open design. Most of the art in the house was made by either MacConnel or Lowe. Canvases splashed with bands and curves and zigzags of color span the walls of their home and studios. Kim MacConnel is an influential artist in the Pattern and Decoration Movement of the 1970s. Working with design elements, he has made frivolity a fine art. MacConnels’ paintings may look as though influenced by the Cubists, which they are, but there is a deeper meaning below the surface based in the materials he uses, and the meeting place he creates through cross-cultural interactions. Although large in size oftentimes, Lowe’s work never overshadows the viewer, rather, it makes one rethink their place in this consumer culture and question society as a whole. By incorporating traditional styles with extra-ordinary techniques, the works tend to speak to a sensibility of beauty, while also offering food for thought.
     
Architectural Tour of the Salk Institute Described in the San Diego Union-Tribune as the Single Most Significant Architectural Site in San Diego   Salk Institute Images
     
    About the Salk Institute: The Salk Institute was established in the 1960s by Jonas Salk, M.D., the developer of the polio vaccine. Salk selected the world-renowned architect Louis I. Kahn as the person who could design the facility. Jonas Salk had a distinctive vision for the creation of the Institute. He directed Kahn to provide spacious, unobstructed laboratory spaces that could be adapted to the ever-changing needs of science. The building materials had to be simple, strong, durable, and as maintenance-free as possible. In 1992, the Salk Institute received a 25-Year Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and was featured in the AIA exhibit Structures of Our Time: 31 Buildings That Changed Modern Life.
     
Scrumptious Lunch in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Cafe   About the Cafe: Overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, the Museum Cafe is a European-inspired bistro serving the freshest organic ingredients, grown from local farmers and blending them into flavorful breakfast and lunch dishes, spiced with a dash of Italian flair from owner, Giuseppe Ciuffa, of GIUSEPPE Restaurants & Fine Catering's who is from outside of Rome.
     
Tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Current Exhibitions   Museum of Contempory Art Image
     
    About the Tour: MCASD is a museum providing public access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process; a forum for the exploration and understanding of contemporary art and ideas; and a laboratory for artists to experiment with new forms of creative expression. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the region’s foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time, presenting works across all media created since 1950. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego and in the coastal community of La Jolla, MCASD provides an unprecedented variety of exhibition spaces and experiences for the community, showcasing an internationally recognized collection and a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and public programs.
     
Experience Avid Collectors Matt and Nancy Browar’s Private Art Collection
(not open to the public)
  About the Collectors and Collection: Nancy and Matt Browar are avid collectors of contemporary art and long-time members of MCASD's Contemporary Collectors. Housed in the Browar’s home, a work of art in itself, the collection is a mix of California hard edge abstraction with artists like John McLaughlin as well as light and space works by artists such as Robert Irwin. It also includes current contemporary artists such as Tara Donovan, Gary Lang, Ryan McGinness and Roy McMakin.
     
Quint Contemporary Art Gallery Pre-Opening Tour with Featured Solo Exhibition Artist Kelsey Brookes; Public Opening and Reception to follow   Kelsey Brookes Image
     
    About the Quint Gallery and Kelsey Brookes Quint Contemporary Art (QCA) was founded in 1981 and has been a fixture on the San Diego art scene ever since. The gallery exhibits contemporary painting, sculpture, installations, drawings, prints and multimedia works by both emerging and established artists. Some of the artists in the Gallery’s over 300 exhibitions have included Otis alumnus Robert Irwin, Manny Farber, Sol Lewitt, Roman Opalka, Kim MacConnel, Dan Flavin, Ryan McGinness, and Mel Bochner. Kelsey Brookes is a former biochemist who attributes his raw style to an education system “that refuses to teach scientists to draw.” Kelsey Brookes’ work exhibits a strong and unique interplay with figure, abstract forms and text. Brookes’ work increases the sense of awe and wonder found in his signature style with a “loosening” of the figure – where once the female forms had sharply defined contours and rendered details, they are now symbolic canvases for his seemingly limitless constellation of brightly colored micro scenes and characters.