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Otis College at the L.A. Art Book Fair This Weekend

Faculty, Students, and Staff to Exhibit

Otis College of Art and Design is exhibiting at Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair 2017 this weekend, February 24 – February 26, 2017. Held at The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 300 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. The college will present work from the Communication Arts, Fine Arts, and MFA Graphic Design programs, as well as catalogs from the Ben Maltz Gallery, and publications from Otis Books, a literary press managed by the MFA Writing program. Selections from faculty, students, and staff are all on view at Otis College's booth H05. 

One of the many items on display, "Trump Condoms" comes from Communications Arts student Natalie Center. "I do not consider myself or strive to be a political artist," says Center. "But I do love a good joke, and Donald Trump is a parody of a parody of himself- in creating trump condoms my intentions were to highlight his hypocrisy and inherent comic nature through my own lens of opinion by pinholing on the kitsch of his own branding and products."

You can find Davis Ngarupe ('12 Graphic Design) at the Actual Source booth, Kour Pour's ('10 Painting) zine Re-Inventing Abstraction at the SFAQ exhibit, and many more alumni pieces throughout the fair. 

In addition, Sue Maberry, Director of Library and Instructional Technology at Otis College, will be participating in The Woman’s Building: Animating the Archives panel on Sunday, February 26, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Maberry, who is also on the Woman’s Building Board of Directors, was recently featured in "The Woman’s Building: L.A.’s “Feminist Mecca.”  by KCET. From its founding in 1973 to its closing in 1991, The Woman’s Building was a potent symbol of women’s creative community. Its exhibitions, performances, readings, lectures, public projects, and educational programs inspired and fostered generations of women artists, writers, performers, and scholars. Maberry will be joined on the panel by fellow Woman’s Building Board of Directors Cheri Gaulke and Terry Wolverton, Metabolic Studio researcher Laurelin Kruse, and moderator Charlotte Cotton, curator-in-residence.



Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair is free and open to the public. Exhibition hours are Friday, February 24, 1pm-7pm; Saturday February 25, 11am-7pm; and Sunday February 26, 11am-6pm. For a full list of programming and more information, visit