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  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Alumna Dolly Davis

Dec 16, 2013
Fluidity
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Dolly Davis ’03 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors is Senior Project Designer at Fluidity, a water feature design firm in L.A.

I act as a consultant to many architects and landscape architects around the world. My work allows me to develop my knowledge of architecture while also exposing me to design problems seldom encountered in most offices. It’s challenging and rewarding, but more importantly, it’s fun!

Working at a company with global projects has given me the opportunity to travel. I spent eight months overseeing the construction of a project in Dubai. I never would have expected to find myself in a foreign country as my company’s sole representative. In my downtime I was able to explore the region and even learned to snowboard at the indoor ski slope, a surreal experience. It was a huge period of growth for me, both personally and professionally.
I always knew I wanted to be an artist but when I discovered Otis’ A/L/I program, I saw that architecture was a career that could be both fun and rewarding.

For several years after completing my BFA degree,  I worked at Fluidity. I decided to pursue a masters in architecture degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago to advance my career. Graduate study had not been part of my plan but I found that I was well prepared for the program. I returned to L.A. and my job at Fluidity with renewed energy. Keeping a finger on the pulse of academia has helped me stay engaged in and excited about my professional work, which is why I am a teaching assistant at Otis! It all comes full circle. Sharing my perspective with students while they share their ideas with me is stimulating.

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