• Lecture presented by Kata McNamara. From contemporary art museums to independent project spaces to college art galleries, Otis College Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Kate McNamara, will discuss her dedicated engagement with alternative and not-for-profit art spaces and the vital role these kinds of institutions play in today’s contemporary art world.

  • Open Studios

    Jun 23| Special Event

    Open Studios: L.A. Summer Residency

    The artists and designers of the first-ever L.A. Summer Residency invite you to their open studio event! The public can join family and friends as they tour the studios and view all of the incredible work produced during the past three weeks. A closing reception will follow from 4-5:30pm.

    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

  • Closing Reception

    Jun 23| Special Event

    Closing Reception: L.A. Summer Residency


    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

    More information about the L.A. Summer Residency Program.


    Join us for the closing reception of Otis College’s first residency. 

    Friday, June 23, 2017  

    The Forum | 4:00 PM

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event

    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011


Otis Art and Design Tours

Explore the world of art and design with short term travel study programs for the general public.

Otis Art and Design Tours offers exceptional travel study experiences for the general public and campus communities. These special programs enable unique access to world-class artists, museums, and cultural treasures.

Upcoming Tours include:

June 2017: L.A. PAST LIVES

Angel's Flight at Bunker Hill
Angel's Flight at Bunker Hill
Eames House
Eames House

Los Angeles as a surrogate city for films has a complex and rich local history that contradicts its meager La-La-Land images. Its historical narratives are in as much impossible to narrate down to a single time line, where wine, cattle, oil, automobile, movie industry and urban utopias are leading in different directions. And yet the conundrum of Los Angeles is its “secrets” which are not so much landmarks in the conventional sense but rather overlooked “treasures”. This “class on wheels” is an exploration of such troves without reducing them into a single vantage point.

This one-week intensive program explores Los Angeles as a creative community and a cultural center with historians, writers, artists, and designers. From modern to postmodern architectural landmarks including Lloyd Wright, Schindler, Neutra, Eames, and Gehry buildings and/or projects, the program examines L.A. as a laboratory of art and design. L.A. Past Lives visits historical and ecological sites such as the Watts Towers, L.A. River, recreational parks, Olvera Street, Bunker Hill, and other neighborhoods in relation to cinema and its image production (specifically, tracing the whereabouts, actual and virtual, of L.A. cityscape through the film Blade Runner). Includes Otis College residence hall housing, breakfast and dinner, guest speakers, bus transportation and admission to Schindler House, Eames House, and Getty Villa.

Lead Instructor: Adam Berg, PhD, MA (Philosophy) Haifa University; BA (Philosophy) University of Toronto and Haifa University with additional studies at Academia delle Belle Arte, Rome. Mr. Berg is an artist whose videos and installations are shown internationally including a solo exhibition at Edward Cella, L.A. in 2013. Additionally, he was an Artist-in-Residence, McLuhan Center for Culture and Technology, University of Toronto as well as at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito.

Guest Speaker: Norman Klein is the author of The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory. Norman is an urban and media historian based in Los Angeles.

For additional information: 310.665.6850

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