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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.


tapping the third realm

Crossing Thresholds: An Entry into Gothic Fiction

September 12 – December 13, 2013

Crossing Thresholds: An Entry into Gothic Fiction

LMU William H. Hannon Library, 3rd Floor


Full Moon Event II: The Atomic Priesthood

Full Moon Event II: The Atomic Priesthood
Starts at OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery, 4pm–6pm
Join New York based artist Bryan McGovern Wilson on a journey from the Ben Maltz Gallery to the Laband Art Gallery filled with obstacles and devotion led by an Atomic Priest and overseen by the moon. The Atomic Priesthood is an ongoing, multidisciplinary art project that draws from the unique history and conditions of nuclear waste management. This ritual/performance is steeped in ecological stewardship, advocacy, and strategies for deep-time communication.

Spaces Between: Exploration of the Labyrinth with artist Linda Ekstrom

Saturday, November 9, Free
Exploration of the Labyrinth with artist Linda Ekstrom
Starts at Crescent Park West in Playa Vista (between Pacific Promenade and Bay Park Drive, Playa Vista 90094, street parking), 2:00pm

Artist Linda Ekstrom shares the history of the labyrinth as a tool for meditation and prayer. Meet at the Playa Vista Labyrinth designed by Beth Thielen at Crescent Park at 2pm. Afterwards join curators Meg Linton and Carolyn Peter for a tour of Tapping the Third Realm at LMU’s Laband Art Gallery and OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery.

Tapping the Third Realm: Closing Reception

OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery and LMU’s Laband Art Gallery, 12pm–4pm

Spaces Between: Full Moon Event I: The Summoning

Starts at LMU Laband Art Gallery, 7–9pm

Under the direction of Professor Kevin Wetmore, LMU Theatre Arts students perform a site-specific Renaissance-inspired work at LMU’s Laband Art Gallery and lead the audience on a spiritual and physical journey to the OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery.

Program begins at LMU at 7pm and finishes at OTIS by 9pm. Dress for the evening weather and wear walking shoes.

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

Tapping the Third Realm: Opening Reception

Tapping the Third Realm:

Opening Reception — Fall Equinox Celebration

Meet the artists and join us for a ritual art performance by the Mythic Players, sponsored by Temple of the Goddess, directed by Xia and Ananda at 3:15pm (OTIS) and 4:45pm (LMU).