Events
  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Recommended Databases

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Full-Text Journals & Magazines

Otis Magazine Holdings List (for when you actually need the print version...)

ebsco logo Full-text articles from 630 art and design magazines, 220 books, and 63,0000 images + 3,100 multidisciplinary periodicals.
ProQuest
General reference multidisciplinary. Full text with graphics. Overall dates of coverage: 1971 - present. Total titles covered: 2,600+
ELibrary
Full-text of 1,500 international newspapers and magazines, company profiles, and news transcripts; Encyclopedia Britannica; and topic-based searches.
Opposing Points in Context logo
For information on various sides of social issues. Notice that the database will search just ACADEMIC SOURCES, those recommended for college papers. Help Sheet
ACI Scholarly Blog Index

NEW DATABASE! Curated collection of scholarly blogs for students and researchers. Written by professors, researchers, and industry experts. Full author credentials are included in a record.

jstor Full text Art & Sciences III, a collection of 150 humanities journals from the fields of literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, art and architecture.
LIB vogue Entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month with photos and ads. All searchable!
New York Times logo The American newspaper of record. Searchable content. View up to 10 articles per calendar month for free.
ERIC
Education Resources Information Center indexes education research and information in journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present. Not everything is full-text, but the Librarian may be able to help you attain articles you need.

Software Training Videos

Lynda.com
Existing users can transfer their history the first time they log in - more information available at lyndaCampus. 7,000+ professionally produced QuickTime video clips to teach software available online 24/7. iOS and Android apps are now available.
Grammarly Writing Support by Grammarly@EDU grammar check tool is now available to all students and faculty. Use your school email to register at Grammarly.com/EDU !

Electronic Books

ebrary
More than 113,000 full-text searchable books aimed at undergraduates. With citation assistance. Optional: You can set up a personal account.
September 2015: Contact ebrary support to migrate your bookshelf to your new account.
DPLA The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Many books and images available.

Encyclopedias,  Dictionaries, & Reference Works

heilbrunn The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history for students and scholars.
ELibrary
Also contains several reference works, including Encyclopedia Britannica, American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, almanacs, atlases, and more. Full list
Stanford
Open source project by hundreds of philosophers, donating their labor to collaboratively write, referee, and maintain this reference work. (on the free web)

Databases for Products, Movies, Images, and Music

Material Connexion
Searchable archive of 5,000 materials including polymers, glass, ceramics, fabrics, cement, natural materials, etc.
Inventables A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations.
Materia A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations. Free, but you will need to create an account.
WGSN StyleSight Extensive fashion and style related site. You must first register an account here and update your registration every 90 days.
Kanopy Streaming
NEW DATABASE! Kanopy Streaming currently offers over 26,000 films from over 800 leading producers such as Criterion Collection, New Day Films, The Great Courses, PBS, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, and launches over 500 new release films every month.
OtisDID Otis Digital Image Database (OtisDID) for teaching and learning. Focus is on art and design history. (Otis Community only)
Images & Video
Music

Recommended sites to find images, video, and music that is either copyright free or available under CC licensing. Otis-created image databases.


Essay Index

Text Finder
An index to essays, critical and theoretical texts, manifestos, artist statements, and some interviews in books. (A MICA -Otis collaboration.)

NOTE: Most of these databases do not require you to set up a personal account. WGSN (formerly StyleSight) and Grammarly, and do require personal accounts. Many of the others offer the option so that you can save searches, preferences, documents, and similar functionalities.

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