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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 Art Tour: Brazil 2014

Spotlight Category: College

Kathleen Melez, a pediatrician and lawyer, and Javi Diaz, a graphic design student from San Francisco, visited Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 18th through 25th, 2014 as part of Continuing Education Division’s Otis Art and Design Tours: Brazil 2014. Javi enrolled for Continuing Education Certificate credit, and produced a travel brochure as a graphic design project. Kathleen participated in the tour for non-credit.

After the tour, Javi posted this on Facebook: Brazil, you were very good to me. I will forever cherish all the adventures and experiences in this beautiful country!

Tour sites in Brasilia included: Paranoa Lake, Itamaraty Palace, Estudio MRGB architecture office, Mane Garrincha Stadium (a site of the 2014 World Cup), several Super Quadras, Three Powers Plaza, the National Congress and Brasilia’s Cathedral.

Tour sites in Rio included: Jorge Mario Jauregui contemporary architecture office, AECOM Rio (which is completing the 2016 Olympic Park in Barra de Tijuca), Sugar Loaf Mountain, Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum, Capanema Palace (Rio’s Ministry of Education and Health), Cinelandia Plaza, Museu de Arte Moderna, Aterro do Flamengo, Copacabana’s and Ipanema’s boardwalks, the Museum of Image and Sound in Copacabana (which was under construction), the Cantagalo Favela, Christ the Redeemer, the Rio Scenarium nightclub and the Maracanã stadium (site of the 2014 World Cup final), where the group watched a soccer game between São Paulo and Flamengo.