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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.


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Los Angeles Times Features 'Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty'

Somewhere ceramist Ralph Bacerra is smiling, says Jo Lauria, curator of "Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty" at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in L.A.

Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery presents Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

LOS ANGELES, CA – September, 2015 – The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty, the first retrospective 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.

Investigating Community Based Art Practices in Latin America and Los Angeles

The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is proud to announce Talking to Action, a research project, upcoming symposium, and exhibition as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Phase one of Talking to Action is a two-year collaborative research platform (2014-2016), supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation, that investigates contemporary community-based art practices in various sites in Latin America and Los Angeles.

Tapping the Third Realm exhibition

See a video on Tapping the Third Realm, the current exhibition at the Ben Maltz Gallery, on view through December 8.

Hours Tues-Fri 10-5, Thu 10 -9; Sat-Sun 12-4; Closed Mondays and Nov 27- Dec 1

Otis Ben Maltz Gallery: "Shaolin: Temple of Zen" Opening Night

"Shaolin: Temple of Zen" was a gallery exhibition at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design. On display were photos and videos by Justin Guariglia who spent many years at the Shaolin Temple. His teacher was the monk Shi De Chao, who came for Opening Night. Shown here are presentations by Shi De Chao with introductions by Justin. Included are Kung Fu meditations and calligraphy.

Otis Ben Maltz Gallery: Mark Dean Veca: "Phantasmagoria"

A gallery walk-through with the artist Mark Dean Veca as he talks about his art and this show at Otis College of Art and Design. Introduction by Meg Linton, Director of the Ben Maltz Gallery.


Otis Ben Maltz Gallery: 3 Solo Projects

Otis College Ben Maltz Gallery Exhibition: 3 Solo Projects: Lynn Aldrich, Jessica Rath, Carrie Ungerman is on show April 18 - June 13, 2009

Spaces Between: A Literary Evening with Author Alicia Gaspar de Alba

Alicia Gaspar de Alba reads from her book Calligraphy of the Witch (2012) followed by a conversation with Tapping the Third Realm curators Meg Linton and Carolyn Peter.

LMU William H. Hannon Library, Von der Ahe Suite, 3rd Floor, 6:00pm