• Mexican artist Yoshua Okón’s videos blur the lines between documentary, reality, and fiction. He collaborates closely with his actors (often amateurs who are also the subjects of the work) to create sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances.
  • Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

  • Gallery 169 will be hosting the Otis College of Art and Design Communication Arts Graphic Design Junior Show, "5328," displaying a selection of work made over the five thousand twenty eight hours that make up the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Work will include collected posters, publications, and typographic projects.
  • Clay, Body is a solo exhibition from artist Sydney Aubert: Unapologetically fat, crass, and sexual, a ceramics artist who also works in video, and whatever other materials arouse her in the moment. Exhibition will be on view from Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28 at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. On view by appointment only, please contact the artist at Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6pm-9pm Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

  • Audrey Wollen is a feminist theorist and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Wollen uses social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, as platforms for her work on Sad Girl Theory, a theory which posits that internalized female sadness can be used as a radical and political action, separate from masculinized forms of protests such as anger and violence. She introduces this form of protest as an alternative to masculinized anger and violence.
  • Bring family and friends to reconnect with fellow alumni at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10) following Brewery ArtWalk, an open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists.

    Parking is located inside the Brewery campus.  

    Visit for directions and other information. 

  • Otis Radio: Our Story`

    May 01| Special Event

    Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.


    This week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm is Our Story. Join DJ Wormlord (Maggie Gilbert), DJ Ace (Grace Kanchana), and DJ Mango (Stacy Li) as we have real talk in real time. Don't miss out!


    Listen online at KLMU.

    All shows will be simulcast on 96.1FM in the Otis Commons and archived on


Propaganda: Warnings and Lessons from Our Past

Mar 9, 2016
Students Visit Exhibit from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Spotlight Category: College

Students from Otis College of Art and Design's 'Movies that Matter' class were given a preview tour of State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda yesterday.  The traveling exhibition was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and it explores how the Nazis used propaganda to win broad voter support in Germany, implement radical programs, and justify war and mass murder.

Exhibit curator Steven Luckert provided insights and lead student discussions on the use of media and design to garner support for the Nazi party. The exhibit features posters, video, and ephemera from the era that demonstrate the strategic way in which the party appealed to different audiences. Luckert explained how Adolf Hitler would tailor his dress, speeches, and poses to address certain crowds. His mastery of propaganda enabled a fringe group to become the reigning political party and cause devastation throughout Europe.  

'Movies that Matter' is a class which uses films to explore social themes and the class will be examining antisemitism in the upcoming weeks. "I want my students to understand that words and images have power, and sometimes that power is used to attempt to influence or change thought or behavior," says Perri Chasin, the professor leading this Creative Action class. "It is crucial that they have a historical perspective and understand the devastating effects that propaganda has led to and can lead to in the future.  I hope to teach them to be critical listeners, to question and research information to determine what is truth and what is not.  And, I hope they become active, informed global citizens who engage in political dialogue and as artists contribute to making this a better world." 

In addition to the exhibit, the students were able to hear from Holocaust survivor Robert Clary. Many may know Clary from his role on Hogan's Heroes, though the experience the actor and author shared was that of his time in two concentration camps. The youngest of fourteen children, twelve other members of his immediate family were sent to Auschwitz. Clary's message was one of facing life's adversity through humor and humility.  


The exhibit is on view starting March 10 through August 21 at Los Angeles' Central Public Library.

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