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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication 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. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Graduate Public Practice Course

Public Realm Seminar

Theory perspectives on working in public, topics in art criticism, interdisciplinary topics regarding art/anthropology, civic policy, urbanism, etc. These are a changing set of topics determined by interest and relevance to their critical repertoire.

History of Public Strategies in Art

 

Seminar with lectures and readings tracing the history of public practices in art from 1930 to today, with a focus on public art, installation, contemporary research in art, and current trends. Students will be expected to identify definitions and arguments on challenging themes, such as globalism, ethics, community-based initiatives, etc.g

Production Studio I/II

 

Production Studio I: The Process of Production

PUBP600    6 credits

This series of four studios over two years forms the core of the MFA Public Practice program and is where the student’s Final Project is created. The first semester begins with a collaborative project and includes collaboration, formation of community relationships, critique, production, and a final presentation. Skills workshops in subjects like video or model production are determined based on the nature of the project.

 

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