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LOS ANGELES – October 28, 2015 – As part of its long-standing commitment to advanced critical thinking and civic engagement, Otis College of Art and Design is proud to announce the new In Focus Presidential Lecture Series, a semi-annual public forum for distinguished scholars, practitioners, critics, and luminaries in the many varied disciplines of contemporary art and design. The series will include a variety of related programming to encourage discourse and exploration of the most pressing issues and topical subjects of our time through the lenses of art, design, and education.
“Otis has been deeply involved in the intellectual life of Los Angeles for nearly 100 years,” says President Bruce W. Ferguson. “It has always been keenly focused on social action with an enduring mission to employ art, design, and creativity in the service of addressing complex social issues, and advancing and expanding the cultural paradigm. It is only fitting that we should be launching such an important initiative and leading the efforts to create a public forum for creative thinkers to convene regularly.”
The inaugural lecture, “Not in the Age of the Pharaohs,” by President Ferguson, will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA.
This lecture, accompanied by striking visuals, takes as its starting point the assumption that works of art can be symptomatic of larger cultural and political issues without necessarily using them as their content.
President Ferguson will discuss in detail the present day issues of Egypt through an investigation of works by four artists in the two years prior to the now-famous 18 Days of Revolution, begun in January of 2011. Prior to joining Otis College of Art and Design, President Ferguson served as Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University in Cairo, as Vice Chairman at Louise Blouin Media, and as the founding director and first curator of SITE Santa Fe, N.M.
Dick Hebdige, cultural critic, theorist, and Professor of Film & Media Studies and Art Studio at UCSB, will deliver opening remarks. Hebdige has published widely on youth subculture, contemporary music, art and design, and consumer and media culture. His books include: Subculture: The Meaning of Style (Methuen, 1979); Cut 'n' Mix: Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music (Methuen, 1987); and Hiding in the Light: On Images and Things (Routledge, Methuen, 1988).
In Focus: The Presidential Lecture Series Presents:
Not in the Age of the Pharaohs
Inaugural Lecture by Bruce W. Ferguson, President, Otis College of Art and Design
November 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm – Admission is free - Register Now: www.otis.edu/in-focus
Pacific Design Center (Silver Screen Theater)
8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
www.pacificdesigncenter.com (Please enter the Pacific Design Center parking garage on Melrose Ave. Parking is $10.)