• Public-Library is a cross-disciplinary design studio in Los Angeles. They construct identities, concepts and experiences for brands through the practice of reduction using fundamental typographic theory and experimentation with space and form.

    Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake met as design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After studying, working, and exhibiting independently for many years—both stateside and internationally—their design philosophy and approach brought them back together as Public-Library in 2011.

  • Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures

    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.


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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